Sunday, 11 May 2008

Project Censored

Founded in the US in 1976 Project Censored conducts research into important national news stories that are 'underreported, ignored, misrepresented, or censored by the US corporate media'. Between 700 and 1,000 stories are submitted to Project Censored each year. Of these, through the work of over 200 Sonoma State University faculty, student and community members, 25 stories are selected for content, reliability of sources and national significance. These 25 stories are then ranked in order of importance by a panel of judges and published in a yearbook called Censored: The News That Didn't Make The News.

The annual Project Censored top 25 archive is also available online. See archive here.

Project Censored is an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to find out the things that the US corporate media doesn't want you to know. To my knowledge, much of Project Censored's content is as little reported here as it is in the US.

For instance consider from the current 2008 list #16 No Hard Evidence Connecting Bin Laden to 9/11. This is one of several stories on Project Censored relating to 9/11 which have received next to no attention in the mainstream UK media.

Also from the current list #2 Bush Moves Toward Martial Law. As I refered to in The United States of America: On The Road to Martial Law, the plans to execute what would in effect be a military dictatorship in the US are in place. Detention camps have been built. Laws giving the president the authority to indefinately detain anyone he likes have been signed. Not to mention the suspension of Habeas Corpus which is top of the current list: #1 No Habeas Corpus for “Any Person”. Again, these clearly urgent stories have largely failed to make their way into the British media. Though the fact that they largely unreported in the corporate US media is much more disturbing.

Highly pertinent to present times is the following story from last years list: 2. Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran. A story which reaffirms the age old US policy of arming countries with weapons and technologies and then kicking - or threatening to kick -the shit out of them.

Project Censored offers fascinating and frequently disturbing insight into just how efficient the US corporate media has become in controlling the news.

Thank fuck for the internet!

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