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.
In St. Thomas, Jamaica, data from local police indicate that many parents are selling their children into sexual exploitation in exchange for monetary compensation. Parents involved seem to believe that as long as the girl is consenting, even if under the age of sixteen, she can decide whether or not she wants to engage in […]
There is a lot of hype in the mass media about wanting to find a cure for cancer. But how sincere is this commitment when large organizations profit from the absence of a cure? Industries including pharmaceutical corporations, healthcare, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all make money from people being sick. There might […]
The government is now finalizing the decision on whether or not a proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plan for speeding and cutting the inspection of poultry should be passed. The poultry industry has been seeking these changes for years. The proposed rule would allow the speed in chicken processing to increase from 140 per […]
In a soccer-obsessed Brazil, violent protests have flared amidst preparations for the 2014 World Cup. Thousands of Brazilian citizens and indigenous communities gathered together to fight against development projects encouraged by the International Federation Football Association (FIFA), a multi-billion dollar industry, and the Brazilian government. Thousands of people have been removed from their homes […]
Charmian Gooch, co-founder of NGO Global Witness, investigates global corruption. After years of research, she has discovered the roots of corruption that keep poor countries poor. Money flows from corrupt business dealings with the assistance of international banks and ‘anonymous companies’ to disguise the nature of illegal transactions. Banks gain substantial profits by accepting […]