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June 26, 2013

16th Annual Muzzle Awards to be Published on WGBHnews.org

Dan Kennedy’s selection of ‘enemies of free-speech’
BOSTON, Mass. (June 26, 2013)For 15 years, Northeastern University’s Dan Kennedy has published an annual Fourth of July list of the most flagrant “enemies of free speech and personal liberties.” The Muzzle Awards were traditionally published by the Boston Phoenix, which closed earlier this year. Rather than see a local Independence Day tradition end, WGBH News will publish Kennedy’s sixteenth round up of outrages against free speech and personal liberties during the past year. Kennedy is a regular contributor to WGBH News’s Beat the Press television program. With no shortage of nominees from the past year, the 2013 Muzzle Awards will be posted on WGBHnews.org at 5am tomorrow.
In a companion piece, also published on WGBHnews.org, civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate will present the Campus Muzzles to six New England colleges. Silverglate is the co-founder and board chair of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
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