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Apr 12, 2010 5:14 PM

Muzzle awards mock free speech foes

Banning the sale of wine because of a nude woman on the bottle labels. Confining campus protests to a "free-speech patio." Keeping street performers off the Las Vegas
Strip.

Those were some of the actions that the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression cited Tuesday in awarding its dubious "Muzzle" awards to the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board, Southwestern College in Southern California, and the Las Vegas police -- and seven other "winners."

The Charlottesville center awards the Muzzles annually to mark the April 13 birthday of its namesake, the third president and free-speech advocate.

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