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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
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Silenced on campus

As this list drawn from campuses around New England demonstrates, liberty — as defined by the American constitutional tradition — is under constant assault.
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By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 22, 2013
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The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards

Liberal dreams that Barack Obama would somehow usher in a progressive paradise were always misplaced.
Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 13, 2012
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A libertarian's view of the Barstool/Brady child-porn fiasco

Sophisticated First Amendment scholars, lawyers, and media commentators, all of whom are strongly free-speech/free-press supporters, were critical of Coakley for allegedly engaging in a legal bluff — the veiled threat of possible prosecution under the st
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 26, 2011
The Globe, the Times, and RFK’s papers

The Globe, the Times, and RFK’s papers


Library of Congress photo via Wikimedia Commons.There's been a pretty interesting development in the battle over Robert Kennedy's papers. The New York Times reports that...
By Dan Kennedy  |  July 12, 2011

Fuzzy on muzzles

The only way to know whether a society has freedom of speech is to look at how it treats unpopular speech, which doesn’t need government protection.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 16, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 16, 2010


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2010 Muzzle Awards on campus

Harvard and Yale universities felt the sting of the global economic collapse firsthand in 2009, as the endowments of these stalwart New England Ivy League members dropped by nearly a third. The schools didn’t fare much better in the free marketplace of
Harvard and Yale once again lead the way . . . for academic censorship
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 02, 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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Muzzle Awards: Collegiate Division

In a 1957 Supreme Court decision upholding the free-speech rights of university professors ( Sweezy v. New Hampshire ), Justice Felix Frankfurter quoted prominent South African scholars on the importance of academic freedom.
New England campuses muzzle free speech
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 10, 2009
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The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009

Maine's enemies of free speech: Marraché and Waxman


In this week's issue of the Portland Phoenix, we publish a round-up of various assaults on free spee...
By Jeff Inglis  |  July 09, 2009