Savannah, Ga., College Paper Editors Editors Sue University

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Editors of a college newspaper in Savannah are suing Armstrong Atlantic State University, saying administrators cut the paper’s budget to punish it for stories and editorials criticizing the university.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Chatham County Superior Court says editors of The Inkwell took a more aggressive approach to covering the university in the past year, a decision that irked administrators.

The suit says Armstrong later cut the student paper’s budget by $4,260, forcing editors to lower staff wages and leaving them unable to pay freelancers. The editors say the budget cuts violated their free-speech rights.

Armstrong spokesman Francisco Duque says the university won’t comment before filing its response to the lawsuit.

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