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A look at 10 enemies of free speech and personal liberties throughout New England

Obama's longstanding lack of respect for the role of a free press in a democratic society reached new depths when it was revealed that his Justice Department had snooped on the Associated Press and Fox News' James Rosen in trying to ferret out leakers.
The 16th Annual Muzzle Awards  
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 22, 2013
Community Leaders Hold Press Conference Outside BPD Headquarters To Address Videotaped Police Beating of 16-year-old

Community Leaders Hold Press Conference Outside BPD Headquarters To Address Videotaped Police Beating of 16-year-old


One surefire way to rile activists is to beat a teenager in plain sight, and tell witnesses that they can't record the free-for-all. Needless to...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 28, 2010
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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 02, 2010
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Riot squads

On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010
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Aftershock

From the second that the Richter scale registered at 7.0 in Haiti, a desperate grief rippled through Hyde Park, Dorchester, and other corners of this region, which is home to the third-largest Haitian population in America.
More than 1500 miles from the epicenter of the Haitian quake, its effects rippled through Boston's teeming Haitian community
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010
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Does Boston hate the BPD?

When Kathleen O’Toole served as Boston police commissioner, from early 2004 through mid 2006, she and Mayor Thomas Menino seemed in constant denial of the spiraling violence and shocking police scandals that were roiling the city.
A secret survey shows just how low the Boston Police Department’s reputation had sunk two years ago. Is the mayor listening?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 16, 2008


Muzzle mania

Giving a Muzzle Award to the Boston Police Department for its handling of Veterans Day protesters is in keeping with widespread media complicity that allows lower ranks to be court-martialed while war criminals in the White House escape accountability fo
Letters to the Boston editor, July 11, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 09, 2008
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The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards

Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
Silencing free speech
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 25, 2008
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You’re fired! Or not . . .

This past summer, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis was outraged by the actions of four officers, including three lieutenants, accused of manipulating the detail system to defraud the department.
More naughty cops
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 14, 2008
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More police problems

Anyone who watches police dramas such as Law & Order or CSI might get the idea that cops from time to time stretch the envelope.
Plus, Obama’s Philadelphia moment
By EDITORIAL  |  March 19, 2008
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Iraq: Five years later and time to go

March 19 will mark the fifth anniversary of America’s war in Iraq.
Plus, updates on the Cowans   case, performance artist Milan Kohout, and the BPL
By EDITORIAL  |  March 12, 2008


More than a few loose ends

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has ordered a review of evidence in the wrongful conviction of Stephan Cowans, following a report in the Phoenix that raised questions about possible police misconduct .
BPD to review Cowans evidence
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 05, 2008

A close call


Another suspect was nearly charged with the Gallagher shooting
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 06, 2008
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Murder in the streets

The sad news, the truly disturbing and troubling news, is that Boston is a long, long way from curbing street violence, gun play, and murder on its troubled streets.
It is more than just a political problem. Plus, former State Senate President Robert Travaglini strikes a classy chord.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 23, 2008
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Sticky and sweet

All for the love of rock-and-roll, uh, mediocrity?
Juliette and the Licks, Middle East Downstairs, November 6, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 13, 2007
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BPD stands accused — as Sox-haters?

The city of Boston has paid out more than $15 million in recent years to victims of the police department’s misconduct.
Safe, and Out
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 25, 2007


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Placing a bet on gambling

Both Maine and Rhode Island in recent years have rejected proposals that would have brought casino gambling to those states.
Plus, coming to grips with murder in Boston
By EDITORIAL  |  July 18, 2007
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Media Moses

Bruce Wall is blessed with a talent for publicity.
What's behind Pastor Bruce Wall's nose for news?
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 11, 2007
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The painful truth

If it is painful to try to make sense of the ongoing plague of murders in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan, try to imagine what it is like to live there.
Boston’s murder crisis underscores the need to reform its police force
By EDITORIAL  |  April 04, 2007
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Pastor Bruce Wall mulls city-council bid

One of the most outspoken religious leaders of Boston’s black community, Pastor Bruce H. Wall, is considering a campaign for the 13-member Boston City Council.
Team Disunity?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 14, 2007
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Mooninite media mash-up

Slowly, mercifully, the agony of Mooninite-gate is fading away.
Praise and (mostly) blame for Boston’s Fourth Estate
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 07, 2007


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Mooninites invade; all hell breaks loose

What made this incidentrise to the level of art was Boston officialdom’s unwitting collaboration and the questions it raised about local art and fear.
The day 'art' died
By GREG COOK  |  February 07, 2007
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Commissioner Davis is already playing the blame game

It didn’t take long for Boston’s new police commissioner to toe the “blame the citizenry” line concerning the department’s dismal homicide-arrest rate.
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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 03, 2007
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Cop or drug dealer?

Meet Roberto Pulido, 41.
Roberto Pulido’s story shows how easily the divide between law-keepers and law-breakers can break down — if nobody is paying attention
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 09, 2006
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Five keys for BPD’s new top cop

Edward Davis was always the obvious choice for Mayor Tom Menino’s next police commissioner.
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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 26, 2006
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Top-cop shopping

It’s been three months since former commissioner Kathleen O’Toole announced she was leaving the Boston Police Department, and only one bit of information has been confirmed: Mayor Thomas Menino isn’t making the mistake of rushing to name her replacement.
Has Menino already decided on the next police commissioner? And if so, why won’t he name him or her till November?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 15, 2006