Governor Ige has signed HB 1848, establishing freedom of speech and press protections for student journalists in Hawai‘i’s public schools and at the University of Hawai‘i. It also protects student advisors from retaliation for refusing to censor student journalists.
“One of my administration’s goals has been to provide students with the tools they need to be successful in their chosen careers,” said the governor, himself a former high school newspaper editor. “Providing student journalists with the same protections they’d have working in the industry gives them real-world learning opportunities.”
The governor and House Speaker Scott Saiki, who introduced the bill, recognized student journalists and McKinley High School newspaper adviser Cindy Reves, who have been pushing for the measure since 2019.