Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011–2012
Introduction by Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
Cartoons by Khalil Bendib
Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation's oldest news-monitoring group—founded at Sonoma State University 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 corporate media bias and self-censorship.
Seven Stories Press has been publishing this yearbook since 1994, featuring the top stories, listed in order of importance according the Project's international panel of judges. In addition to the ranking of the Top-25 stories, Censored 2013 provides detailed analysis of Censored News Clusters, which identify topical connections and underlying links among the Top-25 stories.
Beyond the Top 25 stories and Censored News Clusters, 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, and Media Democracy in Action. In the Truth Emergency section, scholars and journalists deconstruct narratives of power to reclaim the common good. And the Project Censored International section provides five case studies of "unhistory" in the making.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.
SIGNS OF AN EMERGING POLICE STATE
FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER MORE DEVASTATING THAN ANTICIPATED
US ALLIES WITH AL-QAEDA IN SYRIA
FBI RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJORITY OF TERROR PLOTS IN USEDUCATION "REFORM" A TROJAN HORSE FOR PRIVATIZATION
These are just a few of the most censored stories presented in CENSORED 2013.
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“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ah’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” —MEDEA BENJAMIN, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK, and author of Drone Warfare
"Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.”—DIANE RAVITCH, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System
"Censored is a refreshing open mic for news stories that have been left in the shadows by the cowardly corporate media and its obsession with banalities.”—JOEL MAGNUSON, author of Mindful Economics
“Project Censored remains a beacon for raising awareness of meaningful news . . . ”—JAMES F. TRACY, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University, editor of Democratic Communiqué, journal of the Union for Democratic Communications
"For the smart and courageous news manager, this annual report is a virtual road map for the coming year's news schedule."—The Village Voice
"Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this collection of suppressed stories allows us."—San Diego Review
"A distant early warning system for society's problems."—American Journalism Review
About Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth with Project Censored
MICKEY HUFF is director of Project Censored and serves on the board of the Media Freedom Foundation. To date, he has edited or coedited six volumes of Censored and contributed numerous chapters to these works dating back to 2008. Additionally, he has coauthored several chapters on media and propaganda for other scholarly publications, most recently Flashpoint in Ukraine from Clarity Press (2014). He is currently a professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is co-chair of the history department. Huff is the co-host, with former Project Censored director Dr. Peter Phillips, of The Project Censored Show, a weekly syndicated public affairs program that originates from KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, California. For the past several years, Huff has served on the national planning committee of Banned Books Week, working with the American Library Association and the National Coalition Against Censorship, of which Project Censored is a member. He is also a longtime musician and composer. He lives with his family in Northern California.
ANDY LEE ROTH is the associate director of Project Censored. He has coedited four previous editions of Project Censored’s yearbook, in addition to contributing chapters on Iceland and the commons (Censored 2014), the Military Commissions Act (Censored 2009), and news photographs depicting the human cost of war (Censored 2008). His research on topics ranging from ritual to broadcast news interviews and communities organizing for parklands has also appeared in journals including the International Journal of Press/Politics; Social Studies of Science; Media, Culture & Society; City & Community; and Sociological Theory. He reviews books for YES! Magazine. He earned a PhD in Sociology at the University of California–Los Angeles and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology at Haverford College. As of fall 2014, he teaches sociology at Pomona College and serves on the boards of the Media Freedom Foundation and the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy.
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. For more information, visit www.projectcensored.org. 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.