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.
An investigation conducted by an Australian animals rights charity, Animals International, has revealed that live exported animals from European Union (EU) countries have been facing severe abuse. Undercover videos show EU cattle and sheep being beaten, given electric shocks, and inhumanely slaughtered at destinations in Turkey and Middle East. These actions clearly breach EU laws […]
The employees of Robertson Winery and other vineyards in South Africa endure long working hours, low wages, and “abysmal” working conditions, according to a November 2016 CorpWatch report. Vineyard workers are paid below the legal minimum wage, discouraged from unionizing, and work in environments that expose them to toxic pesticides. They are housed in dilapidated […]
2016 employment statistics revealed that people with disabilities in the UK were being assessed as “fit to work” when in reality they were not, Martin Williams reported in the Guardian in February 2017. Government officials have sought to narrow the employment gap between people with disabilities and non-disabled people. Williams reported that, “Although charities and […]
Between 1995 and 2000, the number of psychotropic drugs prescribed to children in the US doubled, according to a 2005 documentary film, The Drugging of Our Children. As Justin Gardner reported for the Free Thought Project in March 2016, a new study—titled “Influence of Relative Age on Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD in Taiwanese Children” […]
Thousands of women in Poland are opposing plans for a new law that would effectively ban abortion, Christian Davies reported for the Guardian in October 2016. On September 23, 2016, pro-choice activists called a nationwide strike, or “national absence campaign”, by women in protest against the Polish parliament’s vote to send the anti-abortion legislation to […]