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.
A Croatian court has upheld a mandate that all children born in Croatia must be vaccinated against multiple diseases, including measles, whooping cough, hepatitis, and diphtheria. Since Croatia established its first vaccine requirements in 1999, the mandate has been expanded to cover nine diseases in total, with significant public health impacts: Diphtheria, measles, and whooping […]
In August 2013, the Tsentralniy District Court of the Russian city of Tver, about 100 miles north of Moscow, ordered that the Jehovah’s Witnesses www.jw.org website be banned throughout the entire Russian federation. This website, which is produced by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, is used by over 160,000 individuals regularly […]
In February 2014, President Obama considered whether to order the Central Intelligence Agency to kill a United States citizen in Pakistan who was believed to be plotting terrorist attacks. As Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times told PBS’s Judy Woodruff, “It’s very rare and an extraordinary circumstance for a president to order the killing […]
Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation tracks how many police officers die in the line of duty, it keeps no such record for how many civilians are killed by police each year. Some indication of the magnitude of civilian deaths comes from Los Angeles county, however. From 2007-2013, officers killed an average of 41 people […]
Republicans are currently “attempting to squash scientific facts that challenge their own agendas,” reports Kevin Matthews for Care2. Writing for The Daily Beast, Lawrence Lessig reports that at least a dozen conservative senators seek to end current disclosure rules so that biased scientific studies can be presented as fact without having to disclose publicly who […]