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Anonymous Patron sends " news of the announcement of the "
2004 Jefferson Muzzles, an "award" that the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has offered to those who forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson's admonition that freedom of speech 'cannot be limited without being lost.'
'Announced on or near April 13 -- the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson -- the Jefferson Muzzles are awarded as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment. Because the importance and value of free expression extend far beyond the First Amendment's limit on government censorship, acts of private censorship are not spared consideration for the dubious honor of receiving a Muzzle.'"