Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, many Puerto Ricans continue to live without power, food, or clean water. While establishment news reports focused on how President Trump sought to minimize the disaster (asserting that it was not a “real catastrophe like Katrina”), independent news accounts document how conditions in Puerto Rico have worsened. Before the […]
On October 27, 2017, Nathalie Baptiste of Mother Jones reported on a storage warehouse chemical fire that broke out in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The massive fire continued to burn for over seven days. Intercontinental Export Import, Inc., a Maryland-based plastics company, owns the warehouse that released clouds of black smoke over the local town for […]
In prison libraries and cells across the US, the truth may not prevail, because it is being hidden from thousands of inmates. The New Jim Crow, along with thousands of other books, have been banned from correctional facilities across the country. As Jon Swaine reported for the Guardian, through a public records request, the American […]
Local businesses of Wellington, New Zealand end their day by donating surplus food to The Free Store, a non-profit organization dedicated to redistributing otherwise wasted food free of charge to anyone in need. Funded entirely by donations and grants, the non-profit grocery store aims to demolish the food cost barrier that prevents the less fortunate […]
Lynn Adelman, a US District Court judge and a former Wisconsin state senator, believes that contemporary changes in US law have led to the destruction of habeas corpus, a legal principle intended to protect individuals from unlawful exercises of state power. Adelman writes that habeas corpus has “been so extensively diminished that it is no […]