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“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“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
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“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.
“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 shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union
“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.)
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“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.
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“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
“[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
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In 1970, Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to create a powerful new weapon against organized crime. Unfortunately the targets of many RICO suits have not been mobsters, rather they increasingly are political activists and reporters. It’s not the mob on trial here, but the First Amendment. The chilling effect such suits have on the defendants’ free speech rights is unquestion­able. According to Anthony Califa, the ACLU’s legislative counsel, RICO suits cause seri­ous damage to the defendant long before the case ever gets to trial.

An early, non-mob use of RICO was found in the Christic Institute suit against contragate targets. However, the most extensive use of RICO has been against antiabor­tion protesters, such as Operation Rescue. Indeed, RICO has created some of the oddest bedfellows in recent history, as the ACLU and the alternative press have rushed to the aid of their usual foes.

A number of anti-choice protesters have been tried and convicted under the loosely structured law, and many more have been stigmatized as “racketeers” and been forced to seek expensive legal counsel, no matter how frivolous the allegations.

The Orange County Post, a 2,700-circulation weekly near Newburgh, New York was the target of a RICO suit brought by the Town of West Hartford, Connecticut. The reason for the suit was an editorial, titled “Northern Red Necks,” which defended the First Amend­ment rights of anti-abortion protestors.

It now appears RICO will be more widely used to go after other demonstrators such as nuclear activists and environmental groups.

Meanwhile, those interested in intimidating activists have found yet another ally in SLAPPs. According to law professor George Pring and sociologist Penelope Canan of the University of Denver, SI.APPs — Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation — are a new way to suppress political debate. The two professors, who coined the acronym SLAPP, studied 100 cases in which individuals and advocacy groups were sued for taking part in political activity — addressing either a government body or the electorate on an issue of public concern. They found that SLAPPs are spreading across the nation with a message that is both simple and alarming: If you speak out, you risk going to court.

Sometimes a citizen may be sued for something as innocuous as writing a critical letter to a newspaper. A homemaker living near Santa Cruz, California, wrote a letter to her local paper complaining about a proposed development; the developer sued her for $3 million, charging that he had been libeled.

While more than 80 percent of such cases fail in court, SLAPPers are not expected to be deterred since they know their suits cause their targets considerable anxiety and expense … and to think twice before speaking out.

The unintended use of the RICO law and the increasing use of SLAPPs are compro­mising our most cherished civil liberty — free expression – yet they have been virtually ignored by the mainstream press and are practically unknown to the general public.


SOURCE: VILLAGE VOICE 842 Broadway,  New York, NY 10003, DATE: 10/17/89



SOURCE: UTNE READER (Reprinted from THE SANTA CRUZ SUN) 1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403, DATE: November/December 1989



COMMENTS: The RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) story posed a problem for the news media according to author Nat Hentoff. Noting that there was very little attention paid to the issue, Hentoff added “Ordinarily the press would benefit from exposing dangers to its independence but because the story was connected to Opera­tion Rescue (an anti-abortion group), the press, largely pro-choice, ignored it.” On the other hand, Eve Pell’s story reveals what can happen when the press finally does put an issue on the national agenda. Pell first tried to alert the public to the issue of harassment lawsuits in 1981 with an article in The Nation but despite a growing epidemic of such lawsuits, the phenomenon went basically unreported. She stayed with the issue however, and with the support of the Center for Investigative Reporting, in San Francisco, SLAPPs (an acronym for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) finally took off in 1990 “after nearly a decade of silence on the issue.” Since then Pell and the Center “researched stories for MacNeil/Lehrer and 20/20, and what a difference that made. Following the MacNeil/Lehrer broadcast, the two professors who are national experts on SLAPPs received more than 600 calls and letters, many from the press. Stories appeared in Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal as well as on the CBS Evening News.” Pell also noted that in 1990 she wrote stories on the issue for Common Cause and California Lawyer. “The California Lawyer story was read by a state senator who became so outraged by the threat to free speech and the democratic process that he introduced legislation that would filter SLAPPs out of the court system. Other states are also looking at ways to eliminate SLAPPs.”

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