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 the Director of Project Censored and sits on the Board of Directors of the Media Freedom Foundation (MFF), which oversees Project Censored. He works closely with former Project Censored director Dr. Peter Phillips through MFF and is co-host with Phillips on the Project Censored Show on the Morning Mix which airs Fridays at 8 A.M. PST on KPFA Pacifica Radio from Berkeley, CA. He has edited and contributed to four editions of the Censored series. Huff is a professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College where he is co-chair of the history department, as well as a musician and composer for over 20 years. He lives with his family in Northern California.
ANDY LEE ROTH, Ph.D., is Associate Director of Project Censored. He has co-edited past editions of the Censored yearbook, contributed original research on corporate news coverage of war and the environment, and is an occasional contributor to Project Censored’s Morning Mix on KPFA, Pacifica Radio. Roth also teaches sociology at Sonoma State University. He earned his Ph.D. (1998) in Sociology at UCLA, where he studied social interaction and news media. His dissertation, Who Makes the News: Social Identity and the Explanation of Action in the Broadcast News Interview, undertook comparative analysis of interviewing techniques in the UK and US.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. A major mission of the Project is student education around media literacy and critical thinking. In 2008, Project Censored received the PEN/Oakland Literary Censorship Award for the publication of Censored 2009. For more information, visit www.projectcensored.org