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.
21-year-old Carlos Riley Jr. was arrested in Durham, North Carolina in December 2012 for shooting a police officer in the leg. However, the story is much different then the police officer reported. Officer Kelly A. Stewart pulled Riley over the morning of December 18th because he claims he saw Riley smoking marijuana. There was no […]
A story that spans a decade has come to an unfortunate, but not surprising, end. Three former General Electric bankers, Dominick Carollo, Steven Goldberg and Peter Grimm, had been convicted in 2012 for rigging auctions of municipal bonds, thus stealing from projects to build schools, hospitals, libraries and nursing homes in virtually every U.S. state. […]
On November 13, 2013, Wikileaks published a section of a trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty, or TPP. On the surface, the treaty is meant to facilitate trade between the twelve potential member countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam. However, there are a number […]
Claiming that it wants to prevent HIV transmission, Sweden legally requires HIV-positive people to reveal their status to their partners before having sex. Even if the virus is not transferred, failure to disclose could result in criminal prosecution on charges of aggravated assault. Moreover, Swedes living with HIV do not have the legal right to […]
Although it has received some coverage, as all press job cuts do, the elimination of science and environmental reporters at major news organization has left most major news outlets without a dedicated science team. Scott Dodd, of OnEarth.org, reports that the number of science sections in major papers has declined over 75% since 1989, from […]