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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 ...
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 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 Deja 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.
Foreword Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed 11
Introduction Dr. Andy Lee Roth Mickey Huff 21
Section I Censored News and Media Analysis
Introduction Mickey Huff Dr. Andy Lee Roth 29
Chapter 1 The Top 25 Censored Stories from 2011-12 and Censored News Clusters 35
1 The Police State and Civil Liberties Dr. Elliot D. Cohen 45
2 From "Bankster Bailout" to "Blessed Unrest": News We Can Use to Create a US Economy for the 99 Percent Dr. Rob Williams 61
3 Environment and Health Dr. Elaine Wellin 85
4 Human Costs of War and Violence Dr. James F. Tracy 103
5 Women and Gender, Race and Ethnicity Susan Rahman Liliana Valdez-Madera 123
Chapter 2 Déjà Vu: What Happened to Previous Censored Stories? Mickey Huff Dr. Andy Lee Roth, with Project Censored interns Jen Eiden Nolan Higdon Aaron Hudson Mike Kolbe Michael Lucacher Ryan Shehee Andrew O'Connor-Watts 137
Chapter 3 American Idle: Junk Food News, News Abuse, and the Voice of Freedumb Mickey Huff Dr. Andy Lee Roth Nolan Higdon Michael Kolbe Andrew O'Connor-Watts 151
Chapter 4 Media Democracy in Action compiled by Mickey Huff with contributions by Sarah van Gelder and Yes! Magazine; Chris Woods of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism; Jay Costa and Darby Beck of Map Light; .Michael Levitin of the Occupied Wall Street Journal; Victoria Pacchiana-Rojas on s Banned Books Week; Christopher Ponzi of Rebellious Truths; Nora Barrows-Friedman of Electronic Intifada; Andrew Phillips of Pacifica/KPFA Radio; J. R. Valrey of Block Report Radio; Steve 2eltzer of Work Week Radio 177
Section II Truth Emergency: Deconstructing Narratives of Power to Reclaim the Common Good
Introduction Mickey Huff Dr. Paul W. Rea 213
Chapter 5 Censorship Backfires: A Taxonomy of Concepts Related to Censorship Dr. Antoon De Baets 223
Chapter 6 The Global 1 Percent Ruling Class Exposed Dr. Peter Phillips Kimberly Soeiro 235
Chapter 7 The Information War: How Government Is Seeking Total Information Awareness and What This Portends for Freedom and Democracy Dr. Elliot D. Cohen 259
Chapter 8 GERM Warfare': How to Reclaim the Education Debate from Corporate Occupation Adam Bessie 271
Chapter 9 Kent State: Was It about Civil Rights or Murdering Student Protesters? Laurel Krause Mickey Huff 297
Chapter 10 The Creative Tension of the Emerging Future: Facing the Seven Challenges of Humanity Kenn Burrows Dr. Michael Nagler 313
Section III Project Censored International: Case Studies of "Unhistory" in the Making
Introduction Dr. Andy Lee Roth 333
Chapter 11 Guantánamospeak and the Manufacture of Consent Dr. Almerindo Ojeda 337
Chapter 12 Framing Al-Awlaki: How Government Officials and Corporate Media Legitimized a Targeted Killing Dr. Andy Lee Roth 345
Chapter 13 A Morally Disengaged America: Sacrificing Iraqi Refugees to Terrorism Fears and Anti-Immigration Angel Ryono 375
Chapter 14 On the Road to Fukushima: The Unreported Story Behind Japan's Nuclear-Media-Industrial Complex Brian Covert 387
Chapter 15 An Occupation of Truth: Indian-Administered Kashmir Tara Dorabji 407
Report from Media Freedom Foundation Dr. Peter Phillips 429
How to Support Project Censored 431
About the Editors 433