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.
Researched by Chelsea Davis In September 2008 Ecuador became the first country in the world to declare constitutional rights to nature, thus codifying a new system of environmental protection. Reflecting the beliefs and traditions of the indigenous peoples of Ecuador, the constitution declares that nature “has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its […]
Researched by Rob Hunter The western Amazon, home to the most biodiverse and intact rainforest on Earth, may soon be covered with oil rigs and pipelines. Research published by PloS One found that at least 35 multinational oil and gas companies operate over 180 oil and gas “blocks”– areas zoned for exploration and development – which […]
Researched by Lizbeth Malmstead and Allison Murray Chinese citizens will be watched around the clock through networked CCTV cameras and remote monitoring of computers which are provided by American corporations. This high tech surveillance and censorship program is known in China as “Golden Shield”. American giants like IBM, Honeywell and General Electric supply the technology. […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Natalie Dale The world’s food system is in a structural meltdown as the direct result of three decades of neo-liberal globalization of the world food market. Speculation on the commodities market influences the price of grain just like it does the price of crude oil, the only difference being that people […]