Thursday, September 15, 2005

BACKGROUND: San Francisco Bay Guardian story on the "Projected Censored" list for 2004-2005

Free Press : Censored!

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Every year project researchers scour the media looking for news that never really made the news, publishing the results in a book, this year titled Censored 2006. Of course, as Project Censored staffers painstakingly explain every year, their “censored” stories aren’t literally censored, per se. Most can be found on the Internet, if you know where to look. And some have even received some ink in the mainstream press. “Censorship,” explains project director Peter Phillips, “is any interference with the free flow of information in society.” The stories highlighted by Project Censored simply haven’t received the kind of attention they warrant, and therefore haven’t made it into the greater public consciousness.

“If there were a real democratic press, these are the kind of stories they would do,” says Sut Jhally, professor of communications at the University of Massachusetts and executive director of the Media Education Foundation.

Project Censored will celebrate the release of Censored 2006, the annual issue of the most significant undercovered news stories of the year. The Book Release Celebration will be held in the Cooperage at Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA, October 22, at 7:00 to highlight this year’s censored news and to honor the investigative reporters who brought it forward, including Dahr Jamail, Pratap Chatterjee, Greg Palast, and many more. Norman Solomon, syndicated media critic will keynote the event, joined by David Rovic, political songwriter and musician.
The Censored 2006 Top 25 Censored Stories reveal the Bush Administration’s unprecedented secrecy, unreported war crimes and civilian death toll in Iraq, election fraud 2004, and other stories. The evening will include a pre event reception with authors, journalists, publishers, and Project Censored, book signing,
This event will be televised and is cosponsored by Media Alliance, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Nation Institute. Admission $10. Contact: Suze CribbsProject Censored707-664-3166

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