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A look at 10 enemies of free speech and personal liberties throughout New England

The 16th Annual Muzzle Awards  
Obama's longstanding lack of respect for the role of a free press in a democratic society reached new depths when it was revealed that his Justice Department had snooped on the Associated Press and Fox News' James Rosen in trying to ferret out leakers.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 27, 2013

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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 05, 2010

Riot squads

While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 28, 2010


More than 1500 miles from the epicenter of the Haitian quake, its effects rippled through Boston's teeming Haitian community
From the second that the Richter scale registered at 7.0 in Haiti, a desperate grief rippled through Hyde Park, Dorchester, and other corners of this region, which is home to the third-largest Haitian population in America.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2010

Does Boston hate the BPD?

A secret survey shows just how low the Boston Police Department’s reputation had sunk two years ago. Is the mayor listening?
When Kathleen O’Toole served as Boston police commissioner, from early 2004 through mid 2006, she and Mayor Thomas Menino seemed in constant denial of the spiraling violence and shocking police scandals that were roiling the city.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 18, 2008

Muzzle mania

Letters to the Boston editor, July 11, 2008
Giving a Muzzle Award to the Boston Police Department for its handling of Veterans Day protesters is in keeping with widespread media complicity that allows lower ranks to be court-martialed while war criminals in the White House escape accountability for Abu Ghraib.

The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards

Silencing free speech
Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 05, 2008

You’re fired! Or not . . .

More naughty cops
This past summer, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis was outraged by the actions of four officers, including three lieutenants, accused of manipulating the detail system to defraud the department.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 14, 2008

More police problems

Plus, Obama’s Philadelphia moment
Anyone who watches police dramas such as Law & Order or CSI might get the idea that cops from time to time stretch the envelope.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 19, 2008

Iraq: Five years later and time to go

Plus, updates on the Cowans   case, performance artist Milan Kohout, and the BPL
March 19 will mark the fifth anniversary of America’s war in Iraq.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 12, 2008

More than a few loose ends

BPD to review Cowans evidence
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has ordered a review of evidence in the wrongful conviction of Stephan Cowans, following a report in the Phoenix that raised questions about possible police misconduct .
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 05, 2008

A close call

Another suspect was nearly charged with the Gallagher shooting
Another suspect was nearly charged with the Gallagher shooting
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 06, 2008

Murder in the streets

It is more than just a political problem. Plus, former State Senate President Robert Travaglini strikes a classy chord.
The sad news, the truly disturbing and troubling news, is that Boston is a long, long way from curbing street violence, gun play, and murder on its troubled streets.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 23, 2008

Sticky and sweet

Juliette and the Licks, Middle East Downstairs, November 6, 2007
All for the love of rock-and-roll, uh, mediocrity?
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 13, 2007

BPD stands accused — as Sox-haters?

Safe, and Out
The city of Boston has paid out more than $15 million in recent years to victims of the police department’s misconduct.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 25, 2007

Placing a bet on gambling

Plus, coming to grips with murder in Boston
Both Maine and Rhode Island in recent years have rejected proposals that would have brought casino gambling to those states.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 18, 2007

Media Moses

What's behind Pastor Bruce Wall's nose for news?
Bruce Wall is blessed with a talent for publicity.
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 11, 2007

The painful truth

Boston’s murder crisis underscores the need to reform its police force
If it is painful to try to make sense of the ongoing plague of murders in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan, try to imagine what it is like to live there.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 04, 2007

Pastor Bruce Wall mulls city-council bid

Team Disunity?
One of the most outspoken religious leaders of Boston’s black community, Pastor Bruce H. Wall, is considering a campaign for the 13-member Boston City Council.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 14, 2007

Mooninite media mash-up

Praise and (mostly) blame for Boston’s Fourth Estate
Slowly, mercifully, the agony of Mooninite-gate is fading away.
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 07, 2007

Mooninites invade; all hell breaks loose

The day 'art' died
What made this incidentrise to the level of art was Boston officialdom’s unwitting collaboration and the questions it raised about local art and fear.
By GREG COOK  |  February 07, 2007

Commissioner Davis is already playing the blame game

Gun violence
It didn’t take long for Boston’s new police commissioner to toe the “blame the citizenry” line concerning the department’s dismal homicide-arrest rate.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 03, 2007

Cop or drug dealer?

Roberto Pulido’s story shows how easily the divide between law-keepers and law-breakers can break down — if nobody is paying attention
Meet Roberto Pulido, 41.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 09, 2006

Five keys for BPD’s new top cop

Ed Davis
Edward Davis was always the obvious choice for Mayor Tom Menino’s next police commissioner.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 26, 2006

Top-cop shopping

Has Menino already decided on the next police commissioner? And if so, why won’t he name him or her till November?
It’s been three months since former commissioner Kathleen O’Toole announced she was leaving the Boston Police Department, and only one bit of information has been confirmed: Mayor Thomas Menino isn’t making the mistake of rushing to name her replacement.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 15, 2006

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