A student newspaper controversy is heating up at the University of Tennessee, according to a recent article from Insider Higher Ed.
Mustapha Moussa, a 40 year-old sophomore (journalism and electronic media), is editor-in-chief of the newly minted newspaper The Athenaeum News. The paper’s first two editions featured cover stories about an alleged affair between a student and professor at Tennessee. The female student has since married geography professor Henri Grissino-Mayer. The student, Brandi, is also the ex-wife of newspaper editor Moussa.
Moussa says he isn’t out for revenge, rather this journalist is out to expose a story that some have tried to keep hidden. He insists he’s just trying to do his due diligence as a journalist, according to Inside Higher Ed, and he suggests that “journalists are never popular.” His ex-wife’s attorney begs to differ, suggesting that the editor’s motives aren’t about journalistic excellence. All agree that Moussa maintains a First Amendment right to the freedom of speech , however Brandi’s attorney has said that Moussa’s journalism ethics might be skewed.
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