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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
“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
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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
“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 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.
“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
“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.)
“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
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 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
“[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
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“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.
“[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
“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.

About the Media Freedom Foundation

The Media Freedom Foundation (MFF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 2000 to support First Amendment organizations and investigative research. The MFF raises funds for and works closely with Project Censored, and other investigative research and media related organizations.


Founder

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In 1976, Dr. Carl Jensen founded Project Censored at Sonoma State University as a media research program with a focus on student development of media literacy and critical thinking skills as applied to the news media censorship in the US. Each year the Project researches, vets, and compiles the Top Twenty Five most censored and under-reported news stories in the US, and offers scholarly analysis and critiques, which are published by Seven Stories Press.

Sociologist Dr. Peter Phillips became director in 1996 and continued to expand the annual book and educational outreach. In 2000, the Project came under the oversight of the non-profit Media Freedom Foundation, founded by Jensen and Phillips, to ensure its independence.


Board of Directors

Mickey Huff is the current director of Project Censored, founded in 1976, and president of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation. To date, he has edited or coedited eight volumes of Censored (published by Seven Stories Press in NY) and contributed numerous chapters to these works dating back to 2008. Additionally, he has coauthored several chapters on media and propaganda for many other scholarly publications. He is currently professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is cochair of the history department. Huff is cohost with former Project Censored director Peter Phillips of The Project Censored Show, the weekly syndicated public affairs program that began in 2010, which originates from the historic studios of KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley CA, and airs on 40 stations around the US and is also a podcast online. He sits on the advisory board for the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University in CT, and serves on the editorial board for the journal Secrecy and Society. For the past several years, Huff has worked with the national outreach committee of Banned Books Week, working with the American Library Association and the National Coalition Against Censorship, of which Project Censored is a member. He is a co-founding member of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project (www.gcml.org) and he also represents Project Censored as one of the cosponsoring organizations for the National Whistleblowers Summit held annually in Washington DC. Most recently, he became the critical media literacy consultant for a new educational Internet start up, Tribeworthy.com, which is a crowd contested media interactive online platform that allows users to rate news articles and sources for trustworthiness using critical media literacy skills. He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets around the world regarding critical media literacy, propaganda, and censorship issues as well as contemporary historiography in the US. He is a longtime musician and composer and lives with his family in Northern California.


Andy Lee Roth is associate director of Project Censored. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at Haverford College.

He has co-edited eight editions of the Censored yearbook, including most recently Censored 2018: Press Freedoms in a “Post-Truth” World (Seven Stories Press, 2017). He coordinates the Project’s Validated Independent News program. His research, on topics ranging from ritual to broadcast news interviews to communities organizing for parklands, has been published in such journals as the International Journal of Press/Politics; Social Studies of Science; Media, Culture & Society; City & Community; and Sociological Theory. He reviews books and films for YES! Magazine.


Dr. Nolan Higdon is a professor of English, Communication, and History of the US and Latin America in the San Francisco Bay Area. His academic work focuses on nationalism, propaganda, and critical media literacy education. He sits on the boards of the Media Freedom Foundation, Sacred Heart University’s Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program, the Union for Democratic Communications Steering Committee, and the Northwest Alliance For Alternative Media And Education. Higdon is ta co-founder for the Global Critical Media Literacy Project. He has contributed chapters to Censored 2013-2017 as well as Stephen Lendman’s Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III (2014). He has published articles on media and propaganda including “Disinfo Wars: Alex Jones War on Your Mind (2013),” “Millennial Media Revolution (2014),” and “Justice For Sale (2015).” He has been a guest on national radio and television programs.


Kenn Burrows, MPH has been a health consultant and college educator for over thirty years, and a core faculty member of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) at San Francisco State University since 1995. Nationally known for his commitment to an integral approach to health studies, Burrows is a strong advocate for integrating the personal, environmental, social, and political aspects of health. His dedication to an expanded model of healthcare is reflected

in numerous educational and outreach activities, including: founding and directing The Holistic Health Learning Center, a unique interdisciplinary library and community action center for HH students at SF State. Since 1997 he has taught the popular course: Holistic Health: Human Nature and Global Perspectives—which explores evolutionary history and the world’s wisdom traditions with applications for today’s global challenges and post-modern society. Since 2004 he has produced: The Future of Health Care, a national conference held biennially at the university. The 2016 conference: Re-Visioning Human Potential, Education and Healthcare was co-hosted by The Society for Humanistic Psychology.  Since 2001, the Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolencea 64-day (1/30-4/4) educational campaign showing how nonviolent behavior can empower our personal and collective lives.

He is also a member of the executive board of Media Freedom Foundation which oversees Project Censored, a national effort educating the public about media censorship and critical media literacy. In this capacity, Mr. Burrows and his students have been regular contributors to the annual book published by Project Censored: Censored—The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of the Year.

Prior to coming to SF State, Mr. Burrows taught at Foothill Community College for twelve years and operated Stress-Care, a corporate training and consulting company. His current research and teaching interests include: holistic philosophy (inquiry into the complexity, vitality and beauty inherent in nature/whole systems), stress and self-care skills, and dialogic methods and appreciative inquiry to support positive social capacity in groups and individuals.


Dr. Mary Cardaras, Ph.D. Northeastern University, Political Science, Public & International Affairs, M.S.J. Northwestern University, Broadcast Journalism

B.A. Valparaiso University, Journalism

Dr. Cardaras is an Associate Professor at California State University, East Bay and is Chair of the Department of Communication. She is producing a documentary about journalism, This Just In, with her company, Bummer Lamb Pictures, and has curated and edited an anthology about documentary film, Documentary Film: An Insider’s Perspective, published by Cognella in January 2016. She also recently finished Sunday Dinner, a documentary short about the weekly gathering of a large Chinese immigrant family. Three years ago, she published her first book, Fear, Power and Politics: The Recipe for War in Iraq after 9/11. She is helping to build and manage a new journalism curriculum and is hoping to develop a new bachelor’s degree program in Journalism for Social Justice and is on the governing board of the Center for Sport and Social Justice (CSSJ) at California State University, East Bay and the Media Freedom Foundation. She built the television, radio broadcasting, and digital film department at The New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Massachusetts and served as its chair for 13 years. She has been teaching college journalism courses since 1991 at universities including, LaSalle (Philadelphia), Syracuse (London campus) and at the American International University (Richmond, UK), Georgia State (Atlanta) and Northeastern (Boston). Dr. Cardaras free-lanced for CNN, Boston, and has worked for CNN, Atlanta, CNN and World Television News, London, and for numerous other news departments across the country in five other major markets spanning more than 30 years in journalism. Also, she has conducted media training workshops for students and professionals in the Arab world and in Vietnam. Dr. Cardaras is the recipient of two EMMY awards for excellence in spot news producing and feature producing and has been nominated numerous times during her career in journalism. She served on the board of the Global Press Institute (San Francisco) as Vice President and served as both President and Vice President of the board of the Provincetown International Film Festival, (Provincetown, Massachusetts), which is home to the oldest art’s colony in America, and was its college and university liaison. She also served as Vice President of the board for the Boston Living Center, an organization that serves people with HIV/AIDS. She is a member of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association (NLGJA), Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society Member, American Political Science Association (APSA), Middle East Studies Association (MESA), and the College Media Association (CMA). She worked extensively with the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation in Brookline, Massachusetts, and the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University about which she Executive Produced, Chaos and Order: Making American Theater. She has worked with the Sonoma International Film Festival and is a volunteer for the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. In addition, she is a SCUBA diver, an aspiring sailor, a curious, enthusiastic traveler, a lover and patron of the arts, and someone who believes passionately in the influence and necessity of responsible journalism all over the world.

Office Phone:  510.885.3925

Allison Butler is a Lecturer, Chief Undergraduate Advisor, and the Director of the Media Literacy Certificate Program in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA, where she teaches courses on cultural studies, critical media literacy, and representations of education in the media. Butler co-directs the grassroots organization, Mass Media Literacy (www.massmedialiteracy.org), where she develops legislation, teacher training, and curriculum for the inclusion of critical media literacy in Massachusetts K-12 public schools. She is the Co-President of the ACME (Action Coalition for Media Education) Board and serves on the Board of the Media Freedom Foundation. She holds an MA and a PhD from New York University. She is the author of numerous articles and two books on media literacy, Media Education Goes to School (Peter Lang, 2010) and Majoring in Change (Peter Lang, 2012).


Dr. Nicholas L. Baham III is a Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University East Bay and teaches courses in African American Studies and Genders & Sexualities in Communities of Color. His academic research focuses on marginalized African American communities structured around non-traditional religious beliefs, sexual practices, and artistic expression. His book, The Coltrane Church: Apostles of Sound, Agents of Social Justice was published in 2015 by McFarland Press. Dr. Baham is an emerging James Baldwin scholar who is currently working on an edited volume on James Baldwin’s influence on West Coast Black politics. Dr. Baham is a co-creator of the James Baldwin Digital Annotation Project and has presented papers entitled “Rough Sex and Racial Reconciliation in James Baldwin’s Another Country” and “Blackness Without Bullshit: James Baldwin and the Queering of Malcolm X” at several international James Baldwin conferences. In addition to his work on the Coltrane Church and the legacy of James Baldwin, Dr. Baham has also developed a reputation as an emerging scholar of Black Sexualities and is working on a forthcoming oral history project of African Americans in the Bay Area kink or BDSM scene. He can be followed on his blog of African American politics and culture called The Upper Room at nicholasbaham.blogspot.com.


Doug Hecker was born in San Francisco, Ca in 1966 and moved to Petaluma in 1971 where he currently lives. Doug has been married to Marlene for 22 years and has three children, Davis, Madelyn, Dawson, and has a horse, two goats and a dog. Doug has been coaching youth sports for over 17 years including baseball, soccer, basketball and cycling. He studied communications, sociology, investigative journalism, screenwriting and film while attending Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Ca. It was there where he attended the Project Censored class taught by the former director, Peter Phillips. Doug graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Doug and his film partner, Christopher Oscar, released their documentary film in 2013, Project Censored The Movie, which has won several awards at film festivals, including Best Directors of a feature documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival in Spain. Doug has been a realtor for over 17 years. Doug’s favorite things to do are: anything and everything w/his family, cycling, motorcycles, coaching youth sports, camping and backpacking and working around his house. Doug has been contributing a percentage of every real estate transaction to the Committee on the Shelterless (C.O.T.S.)
in Petaluma for over 12 years.


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