A student at a northern New Mexico college is getting an education in the ongoing efforts by 'the system,' its government and its bureaucrats to rein-in and muzzle a free press that might otherwise report information of value to 'we, the people' ... but not to 'they, our handlers'
NMHU VP tells student newspaper editor not to publish police blotter
LAS VEGAS, NEW MEXICO (AP) - The editor of the New Mexico Highlands University student newspaper says a school vice president told her not to publish a police blotter.
La Mecha editor Rachael Ball says Judy Cordova told her the blotters aren't informative and reflect poorly on the university. The blotter contains incidents of crime around the NMHU campus. Ball published the blotter in her first edition, but left it out of the second one after meeting with Cordova.
Ball says Cordova also rejected her idea to publish a story about a campus security officer who was arrested on suspicion of trafficking cocaine.
Ball says Cordova wants to reduce the negativity on campus. Cordova says she wanted the first edition to be upbeat as a way of reintroducing the newspaper, which hadn't been published for more than a year.