Opinion | At campus protests, ‘DO NOT TALK TO THE MEDIA’!

Student protest organizations have rules against speaking to the media


Organizers of the pro-Palestinian protest at the University of Wisconsin at Madison posted a thorough set of guidelines to their Instagram account, affirming that there would be “NO DESECRATION OF THE LAND ... NO DRUG USE/ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION,” among other directives. Also: “DO NOT TALK TO THE MEDIA UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN SPECIFICALLY MEDIA-TRAINED FOR THIS ACTION.”

“SPECIFICALLY MEDIA-TRAINED” personnel have made the rounds. At the George Washington University protest encampment last month, I encountered one such spokeswoman, who said, “We have instructed our community members not to speak to media.” 

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