Editor reacts to stolen Couriers

Bill Welt Editor in chief

Readers might not have seen the last issue of the Western Courier on Monday; that’s because perpetrators illegally confiscated and threw away many of the newspapers.As I walked around campus, I noticed most of the Courier bins were empty, especially in the academic buildings. In Tillman Hall, I saw a whole stack of Courier newspapers sitting in a recycling bin, which stood next to a Courier rack.

I’m not going to conjecture who the criminals might be, or why it was done.I simply want to stress that this is not only immature, but a criminal act.If somebody has a problem with the Courier, talk to me or the staff directly via telephone at 309/298.1876 or email at micour@ wiu.edu. The Courier, as with all other newspapers, serves as an open medium for the public to interact with — directly. This is an open forum, and I am willing to listen to the voices of our readership.

But, trying to hide the Courier and the news it presents is pitiful. It’s not only childish, but it’s also a direct attack on the First Amendment because it is an attempt to censure the press.So, to the individual(s) who committed the acts: Disliking or disagreeing with the Courier doesn’t grant anyone the right to toss away the Courier’s newspapers.

It’s an egregious act that cannot be tolerated because no person or group should ever have the right to tell the press what it can or cannot say. I know that most other Americans would agree with me that we would be living in a fearing society if that was acceptable.

This might be a bit overdramatic, but I feel compelled to explain why this kind of behavior is not acceptable anywhere in the U.S.

Nonetheless, readers who didn’t capture Monday’s news can visit our website at www.westerncourier.com. Every article is posted online, so readers don’t have to miss a thing if they don’t catch the Courier on print.

So, at the end, the perpetrators look quite foolish. After all, we’re not just in print.