'Muzzles' mine rich vein of speech limits among US colleges

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Posted: Apr 20, 2016 12:41 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The "Jefferson Muzzles," those dubious awards shaming the worst free-speech offenders, are taking aim at higher education this year — from tarring those at Yale who warned students against donning culturally insensitive Halloween costumes to feathering others for muzzling the press and more.

The awards are announced annually around the April 13 birth date of Thomas Jefferson, the nation's third president and ardent free speech advocate. The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, in announcing the awards Wednesday, said they respond to an "epidemic of anti-speech activity" at colleges and universities in 2015.

The center says, "Never in our 25 years of awarding the Jefferson Muzzles have we observed such an alarming concentration of anti-speech activity as we saw last year on college campuses."