An award no school should celebrate – Jefferson Center Muzzles “honor” a year of unnecessary censorship

To celebrate its namesake’s birthday, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression at the University of Virginia today released the names of the recipients of the 2010 Jefferson Muzzles, a dubious "honor” awarded to those who have inhibited free speech and expression during the past year.Two of the Center's “honorees” limited student speech in public schools.

Faculty group bemoans erosion of free-speech protections on campus

Some of the  most troubling cases that come through our door at the Student Press Law Center are not stories about students at all -- they are stories about the faculty advisers who become "collateral damage" when schools and colleges realize that they cannot safely attack student journalists directly.The leading faculty voice in support of employee free-speech rights on campus, the American Association of University Professors, came out this week with an authoritative assessment of the state of faculty speech rights -- in a word, the state is lousy -- and with some "best practices" for campuses that are interested in fostering the free and open discussion of ideas, no matter how controversial.The AAUP report, Protecting an Independent Faculty Voice: Academic Freedom after Garcetti v.