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Rutgers Defunded Daily Targum Paper After It Called Out White Supremacist Propaganda

Rutgers University’s daily student paper lost its financial backing last month, after a conservative group that called the paper “fake news” led a two-year campaign to defund it. Now a major campus civil liberties organization is calling the defunding unconstitutional.

Rutgers’ Daily Targum is the country’s second-oldest college paper. Every three years, the university holds a student referendum on whether to renew the Targum’s funding. In 2017, Rutgers’ Conservative Union launched a #DefundTheTargum campaign, after the Targum accused the group’s leader of basing recruitment material on white supremacist propaganda. When the Targum lost its funding referendum in May, the group declared victory.