Sunday, April 13, 2003

Free speech center in Charlottesville denounces this year's "muzzlers"

As described here, "U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, a Tennessee art agency that banned nude figures, an Arkansas school board that restricted library access to "Harry Potter" novels and the U.S. Congress have been named some of the country's top stiflers of free speech . . . Recipients also include the North Carolina House of Representatives for trying to cut funding to a university program that assigned reading on Islam; Berkeley, Calif., Mayor Tom Bates for stealing 1,000 copies of a university paper that endorsed his opponent; and an Indiana high school that temporarily yanked a student's diploma after her graduation speech." This notices of dishonor were compiled by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville and its director, former U.Va. president Robert O'Neil.

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