Peter Phillips and Project Censored, eds. Censored 2006. Introduction by Norman Solomon. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2006. Paperback, 431 pp.
The Censored Project, which is managed through the Department of Sociology at Sonoma State University in California, is a student-run media research project. Its annual reports avow freedom of information and journalistic integrity. “Project Censored,” observes Norman Solomon in his introduction, “goes where the media’s conformist angels fear to tread.”
This year’s volume, which directly involved over 250 individuals, contains the “most censored” news stories of 2004 and 2005. Much of the contents revolves around the machinations of the Bush regime in its push to eliminate open government, increase public surveillance through the passed Intelligence Authorization Act, and continue its insane war on terrorism. The media were also largely silent about the U.S. government’s military exploitation of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, its expansion of military bases in South America, and the built-in failure of the Department of Homeland Security.
Other eminently newsworthy items neglected by journalists include the mandatory mental screening of children, the conservative plan to override academic freedom in the classroom, the oil-for-food scam, the failure of rich countries to live up to their global pledges, the ecologically disastrous removal of mountain tops by ever-greedy corporations, and the civilian death toll in Fallujah, resulting from America’s unlawful invasion of Iraq.
The U.S. is the focus of many of the news items brought to light in Censored 2006, it is not because Project Censored is parochial but because the U.S. appears as the main culprit in the most important stories.
We owe thanks to Peter Phillips and all the numerous volunteers of Project Censored, whose work fills the void left by a media that kowtows to the powers that be and thereby buoys up their nefarious exploitation of the population.
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