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 landmark court decision on inheritance has boosted the struggle for women’s rights in Botswana. The Court of Appeal in Ramantele v Mmusi and Others upheld the right of four sisters to become heirs to their family homestead. The decision rejected the argument that under Ngwaketse customary law only sons were allowed to inherit it. […]
A report released by The Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit criminal justice advocacy group, reveals that the number of prisoners serving life sentences in the US state and federal prisons reached a new record of close to 160,000 in 2012. Of these, 49,000 are serving life without possibility of parole, an increase of 22.2 […]
In January 2010 Haiti suffered from a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. In the months following the disaster the predominantly black Caribbean nation received millions of dollars in aid. Yet most of this revenue came with strings attached and often made its way back into the hands of the countries and corporations that donated it. Much of […]
As new FCC Chairperson Tom Wheeler takes office, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Gannett, Media General, Nexstar and the Tribune Company are establishing shell companies to evade federal limits on how much media one entity can control. The wave of consolidation is taking place in small and medium-sized markets where the presence of such conglomerates will be […]
A report conducted by the Taskforce on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers concludes that in the wake of 9/11 health professionals operating with military and intelligence services “designed and participated in cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment and torture of detainees”. This torture included force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strikes, breaching patient confidentiality, […]