Media prof sues WSU over free speech - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Media prof sues WSU over free speech

PULLMAN, Wash. - A Washington State University journalism professor is suing some administrators in federal court for violating his free speech rights.

The lawsuit by David Demers contended that some WSU administrators punished him for proposing a plan in 2007 to improve the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, which he called one of the poorest funded of its size in the nation.

WSU spokesman James Tinney said the university would defend its actions.

Demers also contends he was punished with poor performance reviews for writing a book that questions the commitment of universities to the free-speech rights of faculty and students. He wants the court to expunge the annual reviews, make appropriate salary adjustments, pay attorney fees and assess damages.

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