Charlottesville Thomas Jefferson for the Protection of Free Expression has named the recipients of their annual Muzzle Awards, the dubious distinctions given to those government-related organizations who have done the most to squelch free expression in the prior year. Recipients this year include the DNC, the RNC, two judges, four colleges, two high schools, one school board, and one military base. Camp Lejune, for instance, threatened to fire a civilian employee for the bumper stickers on his personal vehicle, including one reading “Remember the Cole, 12 Oct. 2000,” honoring the employee’s son, who died in the attack. And Yuba College threatened to expel a student for proselytizing outside of the permitted hours of noon to 1 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No doubt these awards are proving embarrassing to their respective government entities. Wistar Watts Murray provides the full rundown on this year’s awards as the cover story in this week’s C-Ville Weekly.
Disclosure: The Thomas Jefferson Center is one of the groups representing cvillenews.com in Thomas Garrett v. Better Publications. But I write about the Muzzles every year, so there are no shenanigans here.