Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Although the corporate media have provided exhaustive coverage of how an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in this article Reuben Fischer-Baum puts Brown’s death in larger, systemic context. Fischer-Baum’s FiveThirtyEight report asks how often people are killed by police and examines flaws in the methods used […]
On July 15, 2014, over forty Central American children were deported from the United States on flights going to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The United States government has stepped up its deportation of illegal child migrants, more than any under any previous presidential administration. Some 50,000 migrants from Central America have left their homes […]
After nearly sixty years of prohibition, in February 2014 federal legislation introduced by Kentucky lawmakers has successfully redefined industrial hemp as an agricultural crop. In February 2014, when Congress approved the $956 billion farm bill, after four years of partisan haggling, the bill included an amendment, co-sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ken.), that legally defines […]
More than two million Americans over the age of sixty are battling student loan debt. Those who are 60 and older hold onto $43 billion in unpaid loan debt, which is five times what they owed in 2005. Elderly Americans who have stopped paying their federal student loans risk losing large portions of their Social […]
Immigrant justice and human rights organizations are calling for the closure of a detention center for immigrants in Karnes County, Texas, due to its “deplorable” conditions, Candace Bernd reports for Truthout. The Karnes County ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detention center was expanded over the summer to house children and families. Sixty percent of the […]