Wake-Up Call: 2016 Jefferson Muzzle Awards

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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Wake Up Call:Protection of Free Expression

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

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.


Robert O’Neill on the 2006 Muzzle Awards

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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

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.

“Take Back the Media” – A C-Ville Talks event

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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