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“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
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“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
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Censored Notebook

WikiWoes in US Corporate Media

US Corporate Media Downplays Pentagon’s Special Commando Assassination Unit By Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff The New York Times, Washington Post, and most other newspapers in the US are censoring or under-reporting the WikiLeaks documents that show US Task Force 373 (TF 373) is an out-of-control assassination unit responsible for the deaths of many hundreds […]

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A Response to Chip Berlet’s “Toxic to Democracy”

Response to Chip Berlet’s “Toxic to Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, and Scapegoating” By Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored In his recent essay “Toxic to Democracy,” Political Research Associates (PRA) Senior Analyst Chip Berlet uses the very same methods of demonization by association that he so strongly opposes. Berlet convolutes historical context, […]

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Censored Notebook Debut

Notes and Updates from the President of Media Freedom Foundation and Director of Project Censored:  As a new feature to the Project Censored website, Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff (that’s us) will be using this Notebook to tell people about Project news and updates, where they will be speaking in person and in media outlets, […]

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We Have Almost Reached our Donation Goal for the Summer!

For 34 years Project Censored has been committed to bringing the most vital stories to public awareness with the belief that genuine democracy depends on freedom of the press. The new Censored 2011 yearbook has been written and will be released from Seven Stories Press in September of this year.  Please help us with the promotion of […]

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Project Censored Needs Your Support!

For 34 years Project Censored has been committed to bringing the most vital stories to public awareness with the belief that genuine democracy depends on freedom of the press. The new Censored 2011 yearbook has been written and will be released from Seven Stories Press in September of this year.  Please help us with the promotion of […]

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Analysis of Project Censored: Are We a Left-Leaning, Conspiracy-Oriented Organization?

By Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” –Frederick Douglass One continuing criticism of Project Censored is that […]

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US ELECTROMAGNETIC WEAPONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

This research explores the current capabilities of the US military to use electromagnetic (EMF) devices to harass, intimidate, and kill individuals and the continuing possibilities of violations of human rights by the testing and deployment of these weapons. To establish historical precedent in the US for such acts, we document long-term human rights and freedom […]

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TRUTH EMERGENCY: INSIDE THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL MEDIA EMPIRE

Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff “When it comes to the news, the corporate view is ‘objective,’ all else is ‘propaganda.’” —Studs Terkel Among the most important Project Censored news stories of the past decade, one is the fact that over one million people have died because of the United States military invasion and occupation of […]

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THE HYPERREALITY OF A FAILING CORPORATE MEDIA SYSTEM

By Andrew Hobbs and Peter Phillips Hyperreality is the inability to distinguish between what is real and what is not. Corporate media, Fox in particular, offers news that creates a hyperreality of real world problems and issues.  Consumers of corporate television news—especially those whose understandings are framed primarily from that medium alone—are embedded in a […]

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ELECTION 2008: VANISHING VOTES, DISAPPEARING DEMOCRACY AND MEDIA MISDIRECTION

By Brad Friedman And You Lose Your Vote! And You Lose Your Vote! And You Lose Your Vote! It’s one thing when millions of voiceless Americans are disenfranchised in one form or another—as we saw in the Presidential elections of both 2000 and 2004—but it’s another matter altogether whenOprah’s vote gets “lost.” Now that’s a […]

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WATER AS COMMODITY OR COMMONS? ISSUES FROM THE 2009 WORLD WATER FORUM

By Andrew L. Roth From March 16-22, 2009, the World Water Council (WWC) presented the fifth World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.  Boasting participation by over 33,000 people from around the globe, the WWC heralded the Forum as “the world’s biggest ever water-related event.” Nonetheless, as detailed in Chapter 1, the World Water Forum, and […]

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LYING ABOUT WAR: DELIBERATE PROPAGANDA AND SPIN BY THE PENTAGON

By Diane Farsetta, Sheldon Rampton, Daniel Haack, and John Stauber of the Center for Media and Democracy Public diplomacy is a catchall term for the various ways in which the United States promotes itself to international audiences (as opposed to “regular” diplomacy, which targets foreign governments). These include international media, such as the Voice of […]

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THE PENTAGON’S CHILD RECRUITING STRATEGY

By Gary Evans, MD The human family consists, for the most part, of wonderfully ordinary people who work hard to care for themselves and their children. However, there are a few people who aspire to positions of power, and then work to use their authority to manipulate and control all the others. This nation’s teenage […]

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OILING THE DANGEROUS ENGINE OF ARBITRARY GOVERNMENT: NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF THE MILITARY COMMISSIONS Act

By Andrew L. Roth, with Sarah Maddox and Kaitlyn Pinson The suspension of habeas corpus for “any person” by the 2006 Military Commissions Act, as reported by Robert Parry and Thom Hartman, was Project Censored’s top-ranked story of 2006-2007.[1] Habeas corpus protects individuals against unlawful exercises of state power; it is so fundamental to the […]

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US Media Bias, Human Rights, and the Hamas Government in Gaza

US Media Bias, Human Rights, and the Hamas Government in Gaza By Janeen Rashmawi, Nelson Calderon, Sarah Maddox, Christina Long, Andrew Hobbs, and Peter Phillips “The world is witnessing a terrible human rights crime in Gaza, where a million and a half human beings are being imprisoned with almost no access to the outside world. […]

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Preparing for the Next Deception

(Excepting the two introductory paragraphs, the following article is an excerpt from the forthcoming book by Dr. Robert P. Abele, entitled The Anatomy of a Deception, published by University Press of America. It is set for an October release.) The news from Obama’s speech at the U.N. this morning (September 25, 2009) was accusatory and […]

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Manipulating the Public Agenda

Why ACORN Was in the News, and What the News Got Wrong Using the controversy over ACORN as a case study, this report illustrates the way the media has help set the agenda for public debate, and frame the way that debate is shaped. It describes how “opinion entrepreneurs” (primarily business and conservative groups and […]

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INSIDE THE MILITARY MEDIA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: IMPACTS ON MOVEMENTS FOR PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

By Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff Among the most important corporate media censored news stories of the past decade, one must be that over one million people have died because of the United States military invasion and occupation of Iraq.  This, of course, does not include the number of deaths from the first Gulf War nor […]

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A Black President Doesn’t Mean Racism is gone in America

By Peter Phillips Racial inequality remains in the US. People of color continue to experience high rates of poverty, significant unemployment, police profiling and repressive incarceration. School segregation is a continuing concern among race scholars as well. According to a new Civil Rights report published at UCLA, “Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A […]

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Building a Public Ivy

Building a Public Ivy – Sonoma State University 1994-2007 A Study of Student Racial Diversity and Family Income at SSU Compared to Other California State Universities By Peter Phillips Research by Nelson Calderon, Sarah Maddox, Carmela Rocha And The Spring 2008 Investigative Sociology Class at Sonoma State University: Ashley Aldern, Reham Ariqat, Elizabeth Bourne, Nate […]

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Deconstructing Deceit: 9/11, The Media, and Myth Information

By:  Mickey S. Huff and Dr. Paul W. Rea, with online revision research assistance from Project Censored intern Frances Capell This investigative report concerns itself with the ongoing phenomena of media myth making and the events of September 11th, 2001.  Corporate mainstream media have resurrected powerful myths from America’s past to shape public perception in […]

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Barack Obama Administration Continues US Military Global Dominance

By Peter Phillips The Barack Obama administration is continuing the neo-conservative agenda of US military domination of the world— albeit with perhaps a kinder-gentler face.  While overt torture is now forbidden for the CIA and Pentagon, and symbolic gestures like the closing of the Guantanamo prison are in evidence, a unilateral military dominance policy, expanding […]

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US Media Bias, Human Rights, and the Hamas Government in Gaza

By Janeen Rashmawi, Nelson Calderon, Sarah Maddox, Christina Long, Andrew Hobbs, and Peter Phillips “The world is witnessing a terrible human rights crime in Gaza, where a million and a half human beings are being imprisoned with almost no access to the outside world. An entire population is being brutally punished.” – Jimmy Carter, 2008 […]

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Global Starvation Ignored by American Policy Elites

By Peter Phillips A new report (9/2/08) from The World Bank admits that in 2005 three billion one hundred and forty million people live on less that $2.50 a day and about 44% of these people survive on less than $1.25. Complete and total wretchedness can be the only description for the circumstances faced by […]

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