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Student journalists at the University of Illinois are suing their university for violating their constitutional rights to free press, free speech, and due process. The students allege the university filed restraining orders against them when they started reporting on an anti-Trump rally on campus.

“During the rally, Black Rose spokesman and university instructor, Tariq Khan, assaulted Joel Valdez and also went after student Blair Nelson who was video-recording the event. Co-plaintiff Andrew Minik, who was not at the event, reported on the incident for Campus Reform, a college news organization,” according to a press release from the students’ legal counsel, Mauck & Baker in Chicago. The release goes on to explain that all three students were issued restraining orders from the University of Illinois, despite the fact that Minik was not even present at the rally.

The article goes on to state the following:

The students allege that Khan used the restraining orders “as a sword to go after” them “by reporting them for allegedly violating the orders whenever he or his wife was in the same place with one of them on campus.”

“I was told that if I wanted the ‘situation to improve’ that I should stop writing about Khan,” said Andrew Minik, a senior at the university.

“I was told that if I wanted the ‘situation to improve’ that I should stop writing about Khan,” said Andrew Minik, a senior at the university.

The press release states:

The lawsuit was filed in the Central District Court of Illinois and seeks to vindicate the students’ constitutional rights as well as civil damages for Khan’s assault and destruction of Valdez’s cell phone. “The First Amendment should not be a partisan issue or something only conservatives are willing to defend,” said Noel Sterett, the students’ legal counsel from the law firm Mauck & Baker, LLC in Chicago.

Nelson, Valdez, and Minik have had their education disrupted as a result of having to deal with these restraining orders and defend against these false charges.

Below is a video of the original incident.

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