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.
On November 29, 2008 a group of Maoist insurgents entered Dwarika, India, and detonated a bomb in the only school in the village. The group, the Naxalites, tried to overthrow the Indian state and form a new government to protect oppressed people; therefore, they attacked government infrastructure, policemen, politicians, and businesses. Human Rights Watch released […]
In 2008 it was estimated that the U.S. Government paid more than one hundred billion dollars to private contractors, half of these contractors were private mercenaries for combat and “security”. In a June 2009 interview with Bill Moyers, journalist Jermey Scahill reported that private war companies or “contractors” have risen 29% in the past three […]
On October 6, 2009, Aljazeera news reported that three Iranian reformist newspapers, Day’s Analysis, Culture of Reconciliation, and Ideals were closed during a night raid by the government, stopping the production of the news. Since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rise to power the government has shut down multiple news sources around the country. The government has revealed […]
It has been eight years since the Taliban has theoretically been removed from power, yet women’s rights have not improved for the larger population. In 2004 the Constitution proclaimed equality for sexes under the law, yet abuse, rape, arrests, and inadequate schooling for women are still issues that have not been fixed. The United Kingdom’s […]
Attention has shifted from media coverage of the war in Iraq to the war in Afghanistan in recent weeks. Alissa Rubin, former Baghdad bureau chief for the New York Times, recently expressed her views in a New York Times’ editorial on the media’s role throughout the war in Iraq and how lessons must be learned […]