Thursday, July 01, 2010

Muzzle Awards Honor Enemies of Free Speech

The Phoenix is out today with its 13th Annual Muzzle Awards, given out to New England's leading enemies of free speech and personal liberty. The awards are compiled by Dan Kennedy, media blogger and journalism professor. (I'm honored to say Dan cites this blog as a source.)

A sidebar, written by civil rights lawyer Harvey Silverglate, doles out Muzzle awards for censorship on college campuses.

Among those "honored" with Muzzles this year are Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, for clamping down on citizens who try to videotape police; 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bruce Selya, for his opinion barring webcam streaming of the Joel Tenenbaum file-sharing case; and the Massachusetts legislature, for rewriting the state's open meeting law without giving it the teeth it's long needed.

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