Muzzle Awards

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has given out their annual muzzle awards, which exists for the purpose of “calling attention to those who in the past year forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson’s admonition that freedom of speech ‘cannot be limited without being lost.'” The dubious awards are given out on Jefferson’s birthday each year, and they’re always an interesting retrospective of the prior year’s most egregious violators of First Amendment rights. Of course, John Ashcroft is listed, along with Congress, but there are a handful of winners of whom most people would have never heard. The reasons for everybody’s win is provided, as well — it makes for interesting, albeit depressing, reading.

Published by Waldo Jaquith

Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) is an open government technologist who lives near Char­lottes­­ville, VA, USA. more »