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.
Historically corrupt public relations firms Human, Cigna, and APCO, led giant multi-million dollar efforts to plant favorable stories in the media. Former Senior Public Relations Officer, Wendell Potter described how his chief function working for two of the largest for-profit health insurance companies in the United States, Human and Cigna, was to perpetuate myths that […]
The German government passed an extension for operation periods for German Nuclear Power Stations, against the will of the people. North Korea is not the only location of recent nuclear power protests; Germany has also been a hotspot for some time, particularly around Gorleben – a location of nuclear resistance for over 30 years. Recent […]
On December 1, 2010 Margo MacDonald’s end of life assistance bill was rejected by the Scottish Parliament. Despite the fact that key measures were included for strict monitoring and interpretation, Parliament feared the bill would cause an increase in suicidal tourism. The bill would have allowed individuals over 16 years of age with a progressive […]
Pavillion, Wyoming is a small town where the skies are the blue, the grass is green and the water is contaminated. Pavillion is home to multiple gas drilling sites owned and run by a company called Encana. In 2008, Pavillion residents first began complaining “about foul smells, illness and discolored water.” The government ignored their […]
On October 4 2010 a Hungarian reservoir of chemical waste at an alumina processing plant burst, releasing a deluge of red toxic sludge into nearby villages. Since then the spill has reached major Hungarian water systems. Nine are dead and about 150 people were injured by up to 700,000 cubic meters of toxic by-product. The […]