Brandeis ‘protects free speech’ by slapping student who exercised it with bizarre restrictions

Brandeis ‘protects free speech’ by slapping student who exercised it with bizarre restrictions

[Ed. – This is an update on the Daniel Mael case.  All Mael did was quote another student’s tweets on the police killings in Brooklyn.  Now Mael is being punished by the university.]

A Brandeis University student journalist unsuccessfully prosecuted for “harassment” by university officials has now been slapped with a “no contact order” restricting his movement on campus, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The latest punishment against Brandeis senior Daniel Mael follows an article he wrote drawing attention to tweets by another student leader who endorsed on Twitter the recent murder of two New York City police officers and declared that “amerikkka needs an intifada.”

The “no contact order” forbids Mael from being in the same physical location on campus as student Michael Piccione, who launched a campaign to convince the Brandeis administration to punish Mael for writing the article. …

“[Y]ou are to have no contact with Michael Piccione in any way, shape or form,” [Dean of Students Jamele] Adams wrote. “Please be aware that the same applies to Michael and that he is not to have contact with you. This same information is being shared with him as well.

“In the event one party is at a location before the other, the party that was present second must await the departure of the first,” Adams wrote. “Any alleged violation(s) of these conditions should be reported to the Dean of Students Office. These measures will remain in place until further notice. If you have inquiries in this regard, please share them with me. Thank you for your cooperation.” …

Brandeis officials maintain that the new order is not an attempt to stifle Mael’s free speech.

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