By Dan Kennedy • The press, politics, technology, culture and other passions

Presenting the 18th annual New England Muzzle Awards

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 1.40.06 PMFrom fast-food chicken chain Chick-fil-A to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, everyone, it seems, has got a problem with free speech.

Please have a look at the 18th edition of the New England Muzzle Awards — launched in 1998 at the late, great Boston Phoenix and now hosted exclusively by The Campus Muzzles, as always, are helmed by civil-liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate.


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  1. The WGBH ‘Muzzle Awards’ are interesting, your Prologue re: Mass. ‘Not-so-open-Public-Records-Access’ even more so. The latter is the ‘monkey-wrench’ that should be tossed into the incestuous, intolerable, politico-machinations of Boston 2024 and its v 2.0 onslaught vis a vis Stephen Pagliuca, aka, I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be… kinda-sorta-an OLYMPIAN! Give it up! Develop Boston organically, productively, progressively with mind-aforethought. Gov. Baker should suggest the Olympics go to ROME, tomorrow! Just to end the charade. There does not appear an ‘Open Meeting, nor ‘Open Records’ LAW that would cleanse THIS House and Senate of its penchant for back-alley, back-door, back-hall deals. And there isn’t a Insurance Company in the land, no-matter-the-premium, that would bite the virtual bullet on the non-there-there of ALL THINGS, Boston 2024.

    • Mike Rice

      Great stuff! Can you hear me applauding?

  2. Rick Peterson

    So copyrights are to be defended but trademarks are not? Good to know that one’s political slant is the determinant. (Just spent the longest 48 hours of my life in more-progressive-than-thou Montpelier. Most comical exercise in self parody I’ve seen in quite a while)

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