TJ Center Announces Annual Muzzle “Winners”

Charlottesville’s Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has announced the winners of their annual Muzzle Awards. The prominent free-speech group gives out the high-profile dubious distinctions to mark Thomas Jefferson’s birthday each year, singling out the government institutions that have done the most to trammel the right to free expression in the prior year. This year’s winners include the Florida legislature (for making it a crime for doctors to talk about gun safety with patients), Sam Houston State University (for creating a free speech wall, and then threatening to arrest anybody who wrote the word “fuck”), the Norfolk Police Department (for arresting a man for videotaping a police officer), and the Virginia Department of Corrections (for their ban on all non-religious audio recordings), among others.

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