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  • The 2015 Muzzle Awards

    WGBH - 07/06/2015

    The New England Muzzle Awards call attention to outrages against free speech. The annual Fourth of July round-up — now in its 18th year — ranges from the serious to the ridiculous and all points in between. And we’ll get to that.

    First, though, a digression. The 2015 awards come amid what can only be described as a crisis in transparency on Beacon Hill and throughout Massachusetts. The state’s public-records law has long been recognized as among the weakest in the country. Several years ago the State Integrity Project gave Massachusetts an “F” for its miserable record of providing access to public information. During the past year, the abuses enabled by the state’s lack of transparency burst into the public consciousness.

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