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Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation's oldest news-monitoring group--a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff--has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, 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.
Seven Stories Press has been publishing this yearbook since 1994, featuring the top stories listed democratically in order of importance according to an international panel of judges. 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 Deja Vu, signs of hope in the alternative and news media, and the state of media bias and alternative coveragearound 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 lifesigns of our current collective desire to get the news we citizens need--despite what Big Media tells us.
"The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year's 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the 'opinion' section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher's career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of 'Junk Food News,' in which 'CNN and Fox News devoted more time to Ã¢Â€Â˜Gangnam Style' than the renewal of Uganda's Ã¢Â€Â˜Kill the Gays' law.' Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood's 'deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider' via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored's profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
MICKEY HUFF is the director of Project Censored and on the board of directors for the Media Freedom Foundation. He is a professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is cochair of the history department. Huff is cohost with former Project Censored director Dr. Peter Phillips of The Project Censored Show
. The program airs weekly as part of The Morning Mix
on Pacifica’s KPFA Free Speech Radio in Berkeley CA, and rebroadcasts on several stations including No Lies Radio and the Progressive Radio Network out of New York City. Censored 2014
is the fifth Project Censored yearbook he has edited for Seven Stories Press.
DR. ANDY LEE ROTH is associate direct of Project Censored and a sociologist. He serves on the Media Freedom Foundation board of directors. His research appears in the 2008–11 editions of Censored and a number of social science journals, including the Harvard International Journal of Press/ Politics; Social Studies of Science; Media, Culture & Society; and Sociological Theory. He lives in Northern California with his sweetheart Liz, and two extraordinanry cats, Sasha and Ed.
PROJECT CENSORED, founded in 1976 by Carl Jensen at Sonoma State University, 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.