May 012016
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Clay Hansen, Assistant Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression about the center’s 2016 and 25th annual Jefferson Muzzle Awards. The theme for this year’s awards is “Awarding American Campuses a Failing Grade” and focuses on university campus censorship.

Topics include: Censorship of students, censorship by students, efforts to limit press access on campus, threats to academic freedom and censorship of outside speakers.

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Apr 202016
 

J20160420-Josh-Wheelerosh Wheeler, executive director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, announces the 25th Anniversary Muzzle Awards at a news conference at the Free Speech Monument on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. The occasion is also the 10th anniversary of the wall.

Wake Up Call:Protection of Free Expression

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Apr 132014
 

On the April 13th Wake Up Call, host Rick Moore talks to Josh Wheeler from Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of free Expression about the TJ center Muzzle awards. Over the hour, they will go over each of the 9 Muzzle award recipients and the stories of what actions qualified them for their titles. Groups awarded include The U.S Department of Justice, The White house Press Office, The Tennessee State Legislature, and More.

 

Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call: Discussion about The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

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May 052013
 

On the May 5 Wake-Up Call, host Rick Moore talks with Josh Wheeler, Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. Rick and Josh discuss the the Center’s mission and achievements. The conversation focuses on the 2013 Muzzle Awards, which are given for affronts to/disregard for First Amendment principles. Mr. Wheeler shares the background of recent “winners.” The center has a new page where readers may leave their comments.

Mr. Wheeler also shares the history of The Community Chalkboard and Podium: A Monument to The First Amendment, located outside of City Hall in Charlottesville, which was designed based on feedback from the community.

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Wake-Up Call: Josh Wheeler and the 2012 “Muzzies”

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Apr 222012
 

On the April 22 Wake-Up Call, host Rick Moore talks with Josh Wheeler of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression on the 2012 Muzzle Awards, a dubious distinction given to groups who committed particularly egregious or ridiculous affronts to free expression.

Charlottesville Right Now: 4-13-10 Josh Wheeler

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Apr 132010
 

Josh Wheeler of The Thomas Jefferson Center For the Protection of Free Expression joined Jay James to discuss the latest edition of “The Jefferson Muzzles.”

Charlottesville-Right Now: Josh Wheeler

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Apr 072009
 

Josh Wheeler of the Thomas Jefferson Center For The Protection of Free Expression joined Charlottesville Right Now to discuss the 2009 Jefferson Muzzle Awards.

The 2007 Jefferson Muzzles

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Apr 092007
 

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has handed out its annual Jefferson Muzzles to groups that have somehow curtailed free expression in the last year. I spoke with director Robert O’Neil to get more details on this year’s batch.

Apr 112006
 

Today is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, which means the Center for Free Expression that bears his name has released a new batch of Muzzle Awards, given to organizations and individuals that the center feels has somehow violated the spirit of the First Amendment in the past year. I recently stopped by the Center to speak with director Robert O’Neill about this year’s selections.

For a full list of the 2006 Muzzles, visit the Thomas Jefferson Center’s website. For an in-depth report, check out Liesel Nowak’s article on the Daily Progress.

May 102005
 

Who owns the media? Does media ownership affect how Americans are informed about the issues of the day? Which news sources can you trust to seek out the truth in an age when the conduits of information are controlled by so few companies?

On May 9, 2005, C-Ville Weekly assembled a group of independent journalists and media activists for a panel discussion called “Take Back the Media.” Jonathan Rintels is with the Center for Creative Voices in the Media, an organization that’s leading a campaign to create a Media Bill of Rights. Robert O’Neil is the founding director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, the organization that hands out the annual Muzzle Awards. Roxanne Cooper is the sales director for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and also runs a blog called Rox Populi. Jessica Coen is the editor of gawker.com, a hotspot for NYC-based pop culture and media gossip. And the moderator is syndicated cartoonist Jen Sorenson, whose Slowpoke runs in C-Ville Weekly every Tuesday.

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