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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
“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
“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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“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
“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.
“[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
“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.
“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
“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
“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.)
“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
“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.
“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.

3. U.S. SUPPORTS “ONE OF THE MOST BRUTAL HOLOCAUSTS SINCE WWII”

Mozambique, a country on the Indian Ocean bordering South Africa, is one of the world’s leading victims of terrorism. This nation of 14 million people is trying to resist brutal attacks by the Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO), a South African-armed and supported group. A U.S. State Department official called it “one of the most brutal holo­causts against ordinary human beings since World War II.”

The Mozambique government calls them `bandidos,’ but RENAMO, the 25,000-man army, says they are fighting to overthrow the predominantly black, socialist, one-party government in power.

The atrocities are so horrible many cannot even be imagined. So far, more than one million, mostly innocent men, women, and children, have died as a result of this barbaric war. 200,000 children have been orphaned or separated from their parents. In pre-dawn raids, RENAMO come into villages firing automatic weapons into the homes, indiscrimi­nately killing everyone in their path.

Many of the atrocities of these attacks are committed against the children. The numbers of girls raped is incredible; reports say even girls as young as ten are becoming sexual slaves for soldiers, all in an effort to stay alive. There may be at least 100,000 children the RENAMO has trained and forced to kill. Children are kidnapped from their families and marched through the bush without food. They’re beaten. First they are trained to kill animals and then human beings. This process can start at the age of eight. One out of every three Mozambique children will die before they reach the age of five. In terms of loss of life, that’s equivalent to a jumbo jet filled with children crashing every week.

Children see their families killed. One child of nine, Franisse, related what happened when he was only six years old. RENAMO came to his village in the middle of the night and grabbed him. They pulled his arms up behind his back and forced him to light the house with his parents on fire. When they came running out, they were decapitated. They cut his parents into pieces and Franisse then was forced to pick up the pieces and put them into a pot to be cooked. Then his mother’s head was impaled on a post and they wrapped a gov­ernment flag around her neck, to show what happens when you support the government.

Funding for RENAMO is believed to come from South African sources as well as conservative, right-wing groups in the United States and Europe. According to RENAMO watch groups, U.S. supporters of RENAMO include television evangelist Pat Robertson (Republican Party presidential candidate in 1988); U.S. Representatives Dan Burton (R-IN) and Philip Crane (R-IL); Jack Kemp, Secretary of Housing and Urban Develop­ment; Senators Bob Dole (R-KS), Bob Kasten (R-WI), and Jesse Helms (R-NC). Jesse Helms calls the RENAMO “freedom fighters.” He tried to get Washington change its policy on RENAMO but failed when the State Department reported that RENAMO was respon­sible for 94% of all the killings investigated.

While “20/20” broadcast a segment on the horrors of Mozambique early this year, it is still felt that the enormity of the holocaust there deserves far more media attention and public response.

SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: HELLER WAIDTLOW

SOURCE: “20/20”

1330 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10019

DATE: 3/2/90

TITLE: “CHILDREN OF TERROR” and “AGAINST ALL ODDS”

ABC-TV News: JANICE TOMLIN and TOM JARRIEL

SOURCE: RENAMO WATCH Mozambique Support Network 343 South Dearborn, Suite 314 Chicago, IL 60604

DATE: FEBRUARY 1990

TITLE: “RENAMO’S U.S. SUPPORT”

SOURCE: UTNE READER 1624 Harmon Place Minneapolis, MN 55403

DATE: November/December 1989

TITLE: “THE HIDDEN WAR IN MOZAMBIQUE”

AUTHOR: KALAMU YA SALAAM

COMMENTS: Joshua Lazerson, acting national coordinator for the Mozambique Support Network, in Chicago, said that the media coverage of the events in Mozambique has not improved in 1990. “The citation from Project Censored is still very fitting,” Lazerson said, “since the Mozambique holocaust is still an unknown story. When we tell people about what is happening, their reaction is one of shock –‘Why haven’t we heard about this?’- they ask.” Lazerson adds that the public’s sense of shock is amplified when it learns that “upstanding” citizens and organizations in the United States “have been responsible for funding and speaking for the terrorist RENAMO group.” Up-to-date information about what is happen­ing in Mozambique is available from Lazerson at the support group cited above.

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