THE 2002 JEFFERSON MUZZLES GO TO …

Since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has celebrated the birth and ideals of its namesake by 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.”

Since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has celebrated the birth and ideals of its namesake by 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.”

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.

Unfortunately, each year the finalists for the Jefferson Muzzles have emerged from an alarmingly large group of candidates. For each recipient, a dozen could have been substituted. Further, an examination of previous Jefferson Muzzle recipients reveals that the disregard of First Amendment principles is not the byproduct of a particular political outlook but rather that threats to free expression come from all over the political spectrum.

If you know of an act of censorship you believe is deserving of a Jefferson Muzzle, the Center encourages and invites your nomination.

MUZZLE RECIPIENTS

THE 2002 JEFFERSON MUZZLES GO TO …
(individual accounts of the winners follows)

The United States Department of Defense and Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

The New York City Police Department Intelligence Division’s Threat Assessment Unit

Kettle Moraine (Wisconsin) School District

The Coalition of Brown University Student Groups Who Stole 4,000 copies of The Brown Daily Herald

The Administration of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Dacula (Georgia) High School Principal Donald Nutt

The Kanawha County Board of Education (West Virginia) and Sissonville High School Principal Forest Mann

The Hamilton County (Indiana) Prosecutor’s Office

Hecklers in the Audience at the December 2001 Commencement Ceremony at California State University-Sacramento

Check out there site for full accounts of the winners

Author: Thomas Jefferson Center

News Service: Thomas Jefferson Center through politechbot

URL: http://www.tjcenter.org/muzzles.html