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Censored 2008: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006-07 (Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News -- The Year's Top 25 Censored Stories) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Phillips , Andrew Roth , John Jonik , Dennis Loo
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The yearly volumes of Censored, in continuous publication since 1976 and since 1995 available through Seven Stories Press, is 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. The top stories are 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.

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PROJECT CENSORED, founded in 1976 by Carl Jensen, has as its principal objective the advocacy for and protection of First Amendment rights and the freedom of information in the United States. In 2008, Project Censored received the PEN/Oakland Literary Censorship Award for the publication of Censored 2009. For more information, visit
PETER PHILLIPS, director emeritus of Project Censored and president of the Media Freedom Foundation, is an associate professor of sociology at Sonoma State University. He is known for his op-ed pieces in the alternative press and independent newspapers nationwide, such as Z Magazine and Social Policy. He is also the winner of the 2009 Dallas Smythe Award, presented by the Union for Democratic Communication.

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  • File Size: 1896 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (January 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003R7KZU8
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both Frightening and Inspiring November 28, 2007
This is another great Project Censored Yearbook. This book contains important stories that are lergely overlooked by the mainstream media even though these stories have great relevance toward public policy and the future of America and the World. The Yearbook also contains articles on media analysis and updates of previous Project Censored stories.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be mandatory reading March 9, 2008
Project censored is the brainchild of Dr. Carl Jensen, a former professor of Communication Studies at Sonoma State University, who in 1976 launched the effort to report the news of social and national significance not reported in the national-mainstream media. Every year, over 200 faculty and students pour over 700 underreported but important stories submitted by librarians, journalists, scholars et al. and select the top 25 to submit to a panel of judges before publication.

Censored 2008 is another magnificent book that every US citizen should read, including the social elitists and political conservatives who are, to no one's surprise, the staunchest critics of this effort.

How many Americans are aware that the $12 billion newly printed and shrink wrapped $100 bills flown to Iraq by Ambassador Paul Bremer are unaccounted for? During Bremer's questioning in February 2006, most news media were too busy covering the death of Anna Nicole Smith rather than airing the hearing on this important issue.

And how many US citizens are aware that the construction of the US Embassy in Baghdad with a price tag of over $700 million was awarded to a Kuwaiti company in a largely political decision as a show of appreciation to Kuwait for its support of the US invasion of Iraq?

Unfortunately, various 9/11 conspiracy theories were included in "Censored 2008", which, when put together would implicate the CIA, Larry Silverstein, the owner of the 3 collapsed WTC buildings, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), CNN, BBC and Bin Laden himself (colluding with the CIA?!). Two of Project Censored's esteemed judges resigned in protest as a result of the publication of these questionable theories in 2007.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth is a very powerful thing June 29, 2008
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As always with the yearbooks of the Project Censored, the edition of 2008 contains a wealth of all important information (not disinformation) which the media monopolies, completely controlled by the few, refuse deliberately to divulge.
Initiatives, like the Project Censored, are the lighthouses of truly democratic news gathering. They are the necessary messengers of the really important facts, of the truth (what really happens and happened).
Regarding the anti-democratic media monopolies, which could flower after the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine (requiring that public broadcasters provide equal time to opposing viewpoints) by the Reagan administration, Ben Bagdikian states: `At issue is the possession of power to surround almost every man, woman and child in the country with controlled images and words in order to alter the political agenda of the country.'

The common theme of the 2008 yearbook is the systemic erosion of human rights, civil liberties and personal freedoms all over the world.
This edition is hitting extremely hard: `Corporate avarice interlocked with governmental police power is fascism and a police State in the making.'
It stresses the all importance for a democracy of a free internet. It points its finger at sometimes truly `astonishing' facts: there is no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11 (sic!), the `pulling' of the WTC 7 tower on 9/11 without being hit, the scandal of the intellectual property rights issue (`communities could find themselves forced to pay for patented plant varieties based on genetic sources from their own soil'!), the stolen 2004 elections ( the statistically impossible gap between the exit polls and the ultimate results) or the official denial of the link between global warming and hurricanes.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mark R
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The info in Project Censored's yearly reports is always mandatory reading for any informed citizen, but I really think this book is in the wrong format.

I can get the info in this book from Project Censored website... so where's the value - other than the value inherent in supporting Project Censored to continue their work? But if that's what I wanted... why not just save the paper, and donate to Project Censored instead?

I'd like if this book was instead in coffee table book format... so people who come over could just pick it up, read one of the censored news stories, see some nice pictures/graphics/charts illustrating the points, and be shocked/amazed. This info is ground-breaking citizen journalism at it's best... but if you want my friends to stop thinking this is just another dry, academic, left-wing boring read like the other books on my book-shelf - then Project Censored should really change the format and make it into a Coffee Table book.

The 25-point format is perfect for this idea. So Project Censored: change this book into a coffee-table book, get activists to buy/distribute it across coffee-shops/tea-houses everywhere in America, and sit back and see the firestorm of discussion that develops.
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