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US justice department weighs in on campus free speech lawsuit

Mississippi college accused of ‘unconstitutional’ policies in case brought by ex-student

In an escalation of ongoing rows over free speech on university campuses, the US government has added its name to supporters of a case brought by a student and the Young Americans for Liberty group against Jones County Junior College in Mississippi.

The Department of Justice said it was acting on the basis of an executive order by president Donald Trump, issued in March 2019, which says federal agencies are responsible for upholding free speech on US campuses.

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