THE PROJECT CENSORED NEWSLETTER – February 2022

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In the News: Recent Publications and Interviews Featuring Project Censored

We have been busy informing the public about the importance of independent investigative journalism and critical media literacy, as well as our newest yearbook, State of the Free Press 2022.

Salon published an excerpt, The TikTok Timebomb, from the Junk Food News chapter of this year’s book. Highbrow Magazine published another excerpt, How the Media Is Under Attack Throughout the World. And Savage Minds published a third book excerpt, Censorship by Proxy, Physical Violence, and Chilling Threats, based on Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff’s introduction to State of the Free Press 2022. You can also read a Q&A feature with Huff and Roth published by Truthout.

Michael Moore featured Huff and Roth on episode 229 of his Rumble with Michael Moore program. Moore recalled tracking the Project’s TopMichael Moore 25 stories way back when he was starting his first newspaper, The Flint Voice, in the late 1970s.

The Project has also been featured on recent episodes of Rising Up with Sonali, Letters & Politics with Mitch Jeserich, West Coast Styles with Shad Reed, Shadowproof with Kevin Gosztola, and Matt Crawford’s Curious Man podcast. Look for additional features about the Project from The Karen Hunter Show, Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang, and the WhoWhatWhy? podcast with Jeff Schechtman to be online in the near future.


Censored Notebook Covers Academic Cancel Culture and Human Rights Violations in Kashmir

The Project’s own Censored Notebook features two new articles this month. In Cal State Poly, Pomona Professor Accused of Anti-Semitism, Mischa Geracoulis reports on the case of Jamie Scholnick, an adjunct professor at Cal Poly, Pomona, who is under pressure from university administration as a result of accusations of anti-Semitism by a former student. Geracoulis assesses the allegations against Scholnick in the context of increasingly prevalent “cancel culture” and its impacts on higher education.

Covering the latest attacks on human rights in Kashmir, Tara Dorabji reports on the detention of Khurram Parvez, an independent journalist who has been an outspoken critic of the Indian government’s brutal policies in occupied Kashmir. Dorabji’s Censored Notebook article, Arrests Aim to Silence Kashmiri Journalists and Human Rights Defenders, details international efforts to secure the release of Parvez, who has been held in detention without charges since his arrest in November 2021.


Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students

Project Censored is pleased to announce summer internship positions for undergraduate students. Summer interns will engage in the Project’s daily work, which includes identifying and vetting independent news stories, researching current news topics and issues in press freedom, communicating with partner organizations, and promoting the Project’s work through its website, social media channels, and public events. No previous experience in journalism is necessary, but strong writing skills and careful attention to detail are a must. We especially encourage students of color, students from working-class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+ people, and students from other traditionally-marginalized communities to apply.

The application deadline for Summer 2022 is Monday, March 28th, and more information about the program, including how to apply, can be found here.


Let’s Agree To Disagree Published

lets agree to disagreeLet’s Agree to Disagree: A Critical Thinking Guide to Communication, Conflict Management, and Critical Media Literacy, co-authored by Nolan Higdon and Project Censored director Mickey Huff, is published this month by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). Stemming from conversations about their last co-authored book, United States of Distraction (City Lights, 2019), the two college instructors wanted to write a critical thinking textbook for their students that addressed the contentious nature of our society with an emphasis on critical media literacy education and communication skills.

The text is based on their experiences teaching in diverse settings from the community college to the university, their many public talks, as well as their work with Project Censored on news and information literacy. From the publisher, “This transformative text introduces readers to useful theories, powerful case studies, and easily adoptable strategies for becoming sharper critical thinkers, more effective communicators, and critically media literate citizens.” UCLA media scholar Jeff Share calls Let’s Agree to Disagree “an essential book for all educators because dialogue and critical reflection are the heart of progressive education. The better we learn to listen, question, and respond with compassion, empathy, and respect, the more likely we will build genuine relationships of caring and critical inquiry where authentic learning occurs and social justice thrives.”

Educators, reviewers, and media representatives can learn more and request an exam copy by contacting [email protected].


State of the Free Press 2022 eBook and Teaching Guide

Project Censored 2022 BookThe eBook version of State of the Free Press 2022 is now available. Packed with all the critical analysis and inspiring perspectives featured in the print edition, the eBook costs just $7.19 and is available immediately on purchase. We think the e-version of the yearbook is especially useful for teachers and students.

You can order the eBook version of State of the Free Press 2022 directly from our publishing partner, Seven Stories Press.

We also remind educators that the Project’s Teaching Guide for State of the Free Press 2022 is available, at no charge, from our website. The Guide shows how State of the Free Press 2022 can help students understand the significance of news media, evaluate the scope of press freedom in the United States, and appreciate media activism as an opportunity for community engagement and social responsibility.


The Project Censored Show Welcomes Eleanor Goldfield as Cohost

Eleanor GoldfieldBreaking News! We are very excited to welcome Eleanor Goldfield as co-host of the Project Censored Show. Eleanor is a  2020 recipient of the Women and Media Award presented by the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press; her work has appeared in independent publications across the US and internationally. A creative radical, independent journalist, and filmmaker, Eleanor, who was a guest on the program numerous times, now joins longtime host Mickey Huff behind the mic to deliver hard-hitting segments on key topics overlooked or censored by the corporate media.

This past month, in her first official show, Eleanor spoke with Jayeesa Dutta of AnotherGulf  about a possible future for the Gulf of Mexico that doesn’t include hazardous offshore oil drilling. She also talked with Alan MacLeod of MintPress News about a purported fake-news watchdog, Graphika, which is staffed by numerous retired military, CIA, and NATO personnel, who seek to discredit domestic alternative media organizations as tools of foreign “enemies.” We continued our coverage of the Julian Assange extradition case as Kevin Gosztola returned to the program to deliver a brief update and expand upon related implications for press freedoms around the world.

Media scholar Nolan Higdon revisited the program to explain how tech giants are infiltrating the classroom by sponsoring carefully-tailored “media-literacy” course materials. The discussion, based on a recent journal article he co-authored with Allison Butler, delved into the differences between critical, acritical, and corporate media literacy. Eleanor and Nolan both weighed in on the recent controversy involving Joe Rogan, Neil Young, and Spotify with a focus on the problem of big tech deplatforming, censorship, and free speech issues.

In the latest show, Mickey spoke with American University historian Peter Kuznick, co-author with Oliver Stone of The Untold History of the United States, about current US and NATO tensions with Russia over Ukraine. Kuznick summarized the recent history of Ukraine and US relations while placing current affairs in Cold War context, emphasizing the urgency of settling the crisis peacefully.

The Project Censored Show, founded in 2010 by Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff at KPFA in Berkeley, CA, is our weekly public affairs program on Pacifica Radio that airs on some 50 stations across the US. All previous programs are archived at our website.


Independent News Stories We’re Tracking

Here are some of the latest independent news stories featured in Project Censored’s Validated Independent News program. 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. These VINs are candidates for inclusion in the Project’s Top 25 story list for 2021-2022.

America’s Largest Grocery Chain Knowingly Pushed Employees into Poverty, based on original reporting by More Perfect Union and Jacobin


Wage Theft: American Businesses Steal Millions from Workers Every Year, based on anoriginal report by the Center for Public Integrity


Cross-Border Police Surveillance Treaty Undermines Privacy Rights, based on a series of reports by the Electronic Frontier Foundation


Federal Safety Agency Underreporting Deaths of Offshore Drilling Industry Workers, based on original reporting by Energy News Network


You can keep informed of the stories we’re tracking by following the Validated Independent News feature on our website. We welcome story nominations. The deadline for stories to be considered for the current story cycle is March 31, 2022.


Support Media Freedom by Becoming a Project Censored Monthly Subscriber

As long as you are a member, we’ll send you a signed version of each edition of State of the Free Press (which includes our annual listing of the year’s 25 most important but underreported news stories). You can also make a one-time, tax deductible donation here.

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