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“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
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“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
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Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
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“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
“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.
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
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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-ha’ 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, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)


Political opponents of the Reagan administration’s Central America policies have been the targets of mysterious break-ins, IRS audits, and FBI questioning and physical surveillance. Congressman Don Edwards, (D-CA), a former FBI agent, said “What we fear might be happening … is that the administration is using the various independent agencies of the United States Government for their political purposes.”

A three-part television report by San Francisco’s KRON-TV “Target 4” anchor-reporter Sylvia Chase and producer Jonathan Dann, with help from investigative journalist Angus Mackenzie, revealed the following:

— The IRS sent a letter to Sojourners, a non-profit ecumenical Christian magazine based in Washington, D.C. that opposes aid to the Contras and other Reagan policies, threatening the group’s tax-exempt status. The IRS refused KRON-TV’s requests for an interview but a spokesman said the IRS has the power to require tax exempt groups to present both sides of an issue and that the IRS is just as likely to warn conservative groups as ones that oppose administration policy. When KRON-TV checked with the organizations of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, the groups reported no problems with the IRS; The offices of former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Robert E. White, now head of the Commission on U.S.-Latin American Relations, were broken into over the weekend of November 29. White, who opposes the administration’s Central American policies, said “It’s my best guess that some members of this administration either encouraged the break-in or passed on information about us to a group that had the capacity to make a break-in;” Former FBI informant Frank Varelli admitted spying on members of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and charged FBI agents broke into a CISPES office in Dallas; FBI agents were ordered to follow, photograph, and conduct extensive background checks on members of the All People’s Congress to determine if the group had a propensity for violence.

In another report, UPI revealed that dozens of American citizens and groups critical of President Reagan’s policy on Central America say they have been harassed by the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI, or the Customs Service after visits to Nicaragua.

Finally, on March 11, 1987, the Women’s Building in San Francisco was broken into; the intruders apparently spent hours rifling file cabinets containing the names and home addresses of women involved in Central American peace issues and radical feminist politics. San Francisco Examiner columnist Warren Hinckle reported it as a “classic political break-in of the stripe that FBI-soon-to-be-CIA Director William Webster has called a ‘disturbing pattern’ of more than 60 reported incidents of break-ins at peacenik organizations across the land that began during he reign of acting President Oliver North.”


KRON-TV “TARGET 4,” 2/18-2/20/87, “Heat On The Left” series, by anchor-reporter Sylvia Chase, producer Jonathan Dann, and Angus Mackenzie of the Center for Investigative Reporting; SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER — UPI, 2/19/87, “Nicaragua visitors: U.S. harasses us,” by Neil Roland, p A-13; SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 3/13/87, “Info-thieves hit the Women’s Building,” by Warren Hinckle, p B1, B6.

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