25th Annual Jefferson Muzzles Awards Announces 'Winners'Posted: Updated:
A Charlottesville nonprofit is putting college campuses under the microscope when it comes to free speech.
The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression (TJC) announced its 2016 Jefferson Muzzle Awards Wednesday.
The dubious award is given to institutions that the center feels violated the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
Recipients of 2016’s awards are all colleges, including Virginia's University of Mary Washington, which banned the smartphone app Yik Yak.
"In the past year we've seen these unprecedented affronts to free speech at institutions of education, which should be bastions of free speech. Intellectual inquiry requires open, robust debate. It requires challenges to orthodoxy," said TJC Director Josh Wheeler.
The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression announced 2016’s Muzzle award recipients at Charlottesville's Freedom of Speech Wall, which is celebrating its tenth birthday.
Charlottesville, Va. – An epidemic of anti-speech activity swept across American campuses in 2015. Private and public institutions were affected in equal measure, regardless of geography or ideology. Most troubling of all, anti-speech sentiment came not only from administrators, but also students.