Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Muzzle Awards 2004 

The Thomas Jefferson Center For the Protection of Free Expression has announced the winners of this year's Muzzle Awards. According to the official description the awards are given across the political spectrum, with this purpose:

Announced on or near April 13 -- the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson -- the Jefferson Muzzles are awarded as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment. Because the importance and value of free expression extend far beyond the First Amendment's limit on government censorship, acts of private censorship are not spared consideration for the dubious honor of receiving a Muzzle.

Indeed, when you read through the detailed explanations for each award, you may find that you don't agree with the speech that was blocked in many instances. But each explanation includes a walk through analysis of the various clauses of the First Amendment, and why the speech is protected, even if you might not agree with it. Again, I think of my favorite movie monologue, from The American President.

From the awards page you can also review the winners of previous years back to 1992.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 1:15 PM