Censored 2003: The Top 25 Censored Stories

Censored 2003: The Top 25 Censored Stories

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by Project Censored, Tom Tomorrow
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. With chapter titles like "United States' Policies in Columbia Support Mass Murder," "U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water System" and "Bush Appoints Former Criminals to Key Government Roles," the collection covers important news stories that were censored for various reasons. In his introduction, Robert W. McChesney laments the "deplorable" coverage of three of the past year's major stories: the war on terrorism, the Enron scandal and the 2000 presidential election. 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. Cartoons by Tom Tomorrow are sprinkled throughout.
Library Journal
Two recent publications explore the controversial and important issue of censorship in the press and in our schools and libraries. Phillips, editor of Censored 2003, is director of Project Censored, an investigative project conducted out of Sonoma State University studying freedom of information and the media. The project's network of students, faculty, and community evaluators annually assesses and ranks the top 25 news stories not adequately covered by the mainstream press in the preceding year. Stories featured in this year's publication examine controversial issues such as NAFTA, U.S. foreign policy, corporate malfeasance, labor reform, and public health. The source of the press coverage, a brief synopsis of the story, and an analysis of the reporting are included, and instructive essays contributed by scholars and writers examine such topics as grass-roots news and corporate dominance of the media. Two appendixes include a comprehensive directory of independent press publications and a guide to media activist organizations. A fascinating and disturbing look at our nation's media, this work is authoritative, well organized, and exhaustively documented. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. In the revised and expanded edition of Banned in the U.S.A., Foerstel gives an enlightening analysis of censorship in U.S. schools and public libraries. Provided is a survey of major book-banning incidents in the United States, accessible background material on the legal history of book banning, new and updated interviews with banned writers, and a synopsis of the 50 most frequently challenged books from the period 1996-2000. A selected bibliography of works about censorship is also included. Recommended for school and public libraries that don't own the first edition or need information on challenges after 1996, the only area in which this book was expanded.-Katherine E. Merrill, Rochester P.L., NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583225158
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
399
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

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, including freedom of information. In 2008, Project Censored received the PEN/Oakland Literary Censorship Award. Most recently, Project Censored received the 2014 Pillar Award in Journalism and New Media, given annually to persons of conscience, conviction, and achievement who stand up for what’s right and what’s true in the face of corporate and political intimidation. For more information, visit www.projectcensored.org.

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Censored 2003: The Top 25 Censored Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in and sets his bag down on the cot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No liberal bias here. The authors have done their homework and presented these ignored news stories in a professional, honest manner. The truth is not pretty, but it's time all Americans face it. You will never look at Charlie & Diane, Katie & Matt, Brokaw, Cokie, Rather and their friends the same way again. Prepare yourself.