Fla. Gov. wins award for First Amendment 'violations'

'Muzzle' awards handed out by Thomas Jefferson Center

Published On: Apr 12 2012 07:54:34 AM EDT
Rick Scott
RICHMOND, Va. -

A free-speech group has named the winners of its annual "Muzzle" awards to groups it considers the most egregious First Amendment violators.

The Virginia-based Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression says Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature earned a Muzzle for enacting a law that bars doctors from discussing gun safety with their patients. A federal judge has blocked its enforcement, ruling that it infringed on physician-patient relationships.

[Related: Jefferson Center explains why Gov. Scott "won" the award]

Other winners include: the U.S. State Department for disinviting a Palestinian political cartoonist from a conference after discovering what they considered anti-Semitic cartoons on his website and a Texas college professor who removed the "F-word" from a designated "free-speech" wall.

The Muzzles mark the April 13 birthday of Jefferson, a free-speech advocate and the nation's third president.