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Censored 2004: The Top 25 Censored Storiesby Peter Phillips
Synopses & Reviews
Does censorship of the press exist in the United States? For the past twenty-six years Project Censored has answered yes, producing its acclaimed yearbook, Censored.
In past years Censored has been instrumental in helping to push underreported stories into the mainstream. In the 1997 edition, Karl Grossman's article "Risking the World: Nuclear Proliferation in Space" led to 60 Minutes doing a national feature on the subject. Censored 1999 featured Monsanto's "terminator seed" project, which was subsequently discontinued because of negative publicity. Censored 2001 exposed the disastrous impact of the increasing privatization of the global water supply, a story that is rapidly becoming one of the major issues of the twenty-first century.
Censored 2004 highlights the year's twenty-five most important underreported news stories, alerting readers to deficiencies in corporate media. This year's edition features a chapter on the public relations industry in the U.S. and its effect on the media. Robin Andersen, professor at Fordham University and Censored judge, contributes a chapter on censorship in times of war. Censored 2004 also includes an essay by Norman Solomon, a chapter on the monitoring of domestic censorship from FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), and a chapter on international monitoring from the International Index on Censorship. Censored 2004 includes a resource guide and updates on independent media outlets.
"[O]ffers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of mainstream news in America." Los Angeles Times
"[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives." Ralph Nader
"Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing throrough and ethical journalism." Walter Cronkite
"A terrific resource." Library Journal
Project Censored's annual reporting on the disgrace that is major media news coverage today.
As always, this annual corrective to corporate media highlights the years twenty-five most important underreported news stories. Including familiar sections like "Junk Food News" and "DOZj Vu". Censored 2004 offers a new chapter on the influence of the public relations industry on the media; a chapter on wartime censorship; and other essays. With a full grassroots resource guide.
The yearly volumes of Censored, in continuous publication since 1976 and since 1995 available through Seven Stories Press, is dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship. The top stories are listed democratically in order of importance according to students, faculty, and a national panel of judges. Each of the top stories is presented at length, alongside updates from the investigative reporters who broke the stories.
About the Author
Peter Phillips, director of Project Censored, is an associate professor of sociology at Sonoma State University. He is known for his op-ed pieces in the alternative press and independent newspapers nationwide, such as Z magazine and Social Policy.
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