Synopses & Reviews
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.
Beyond the Top 25 stories, additional chapters delve further into timely media topics: The Censored News and Media Analysis section provides annual updates on Junk Food News and News Abuse, Censored Déjà Vu, signs of hope in the alternative and news media, and the state of media bias and alternative coverage around the world. In the Truth Emergency section, scholars and journalists take a critical look at the US/NATO military-industrial-media empire. And in the Project Censored International section, the meaning of media democracy worldwide is explored in close association with Project Censored affiliates in universities and at media organizations all over the world.
A perennial favorite of booksellers, teachers, and readers everywhere, Censored is one of the strongest life signs of our current collective desire to get the news we citizens need—despite what Big Media tells us.
"Although its table of contents reads like a list of stories from any issue of The Onion, every one of the articles in Censored 2003: The Top 25 Censored Stories are true....The articles, selected by Peter Phillips and Project Censored, range from an explanation of how NAFTA has ruined rural farmers in North America to a look at how the federal government bails out failing private prisons." Publishers Weekly
"Sonoma State University's Project Censored analyzes connections between the media and corporate interests and identifies important but mostly overlooked stories of 2001-02....This fascinating book will appeal to readers interested in changes in journalism and the news media." Vanessa Bush, Booklist
Censored 2002/03 highlights the years 25 most underreported news stories, alerting readers to the deficiencies of corporate media. Familiar sections like Junk Food News remain, but this years edition takes a more interactive role in exposing censored stories and includes a full resource guide and updates on independent journalism to help readers take part in the growing media and democracy movement. This series has twice won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award. Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens. Los Angeles Times
Exposes major news stories ignored by the press in 2001 and 2002.
Highlighting the year's 25 most underreported news stories, this edition alerts readers to the deficiencies of corporate media and takes a more interactive role in exposing censored stories. Includes a full resource guide and updates on independent journalism to help readers take part in the growing media and democracy movement.
About the Author
PROJECT CENSORED, founded in 1976 by Carl Jensen, has as its principal objective the advocacy for and protection of First Amendment rights and the freedom of information in the United States. In 2008, Project Censored received the PEN/Oakland Literary Censorship Award for the publication of Censored 2009. For more information, visit www.projectcensored.org.
PETER PHILLIPS, director emeritus of Project Censored and president of the Media Freedom Foundation, 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. He is also the winner of the 2009 Dallas Smythe Award, presented by the Union for Democratic Communication.
Table of Contents
Top Censored stories of 2001 & 2002 / Peter Phillips and Project Censored -- FCC moves to privatize airwaves ; New trade treaty seeks to privatize global social services ; United States' policies in Colombia support mass murder ; Bush administration hampered FBI investigation 46 into Bin Laden family before 9-11 ; U.S. intentionally destroyed Iraq's water system ; U.S. government pushing nuclear revival ; Corporations promote HMO model for school districts ; NAFTA destroys farming communities in U.S. and abroad ; U.S. faces national housing crisis ; CIA double deals in Macedonia ; Bush appoints former criminals to key government roles ; NAFTA's chapter 11 overrides public protection laws of countries ; Henry Kissinger and Gerald Ford lied to the American public about East Timor ; New laws restrict access to abortions in U.S. ; Bush's energy plan threatens environment and public health ; CIA kidnaps suspects for overseas torture and execution ; Corporate media ignores key issues of anti-globalization protests ; World's coral reefs dying ; American companies exploit the Congo ; Novartis's gene research endangers global plant life ; Large U.S. temp company undermines union jobs and mistreats workers ; Fish farms threaten health of consumers and aquatic habitats ; Horses face lives of unnecessary abuse for drug company profits ; Wal-Mart takes union busting to the state level ; Federal government bails out failing private prisons.