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“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
“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
“[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
“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
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“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.
“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
“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
“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.
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
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“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.
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“[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

Ethics Alert Update – Dispelling Stereotypes of Women in Chile

 

The following is an update on this story.

For many years, there has been much talk about feminism and women’s roles in society within the United States, but when compared to the rest of the world, the U.S. is but a small part of a much larger and more intricate moral problem. The United States of America is not the only country that faces problematic views about women and the roles they should carry within society. Many Latin American countries such as Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, hold much stricter beliefs and even laws towards women and how they should present themselves. The women of Chile, the country I am focusing on most within this Ethics Alert, encounter unfair treatment when it comes to abortion rights and domestic violence laws. Francisca Valenzuela, a very popular Latin American singer, is working to relieve Latin American countries of their outdated societal views, having created an all-female musical event in Chile to bring awareness of these moral problems.

All women should be, without a doubt, able to dictate what they will and will not do with their bodies, but in Latin American countries such as Chile, women are not able to receive an abortion whether it is to save the woman’s life; for physical or mental health reasons; if the pregnancy was due to rape or incest; for economic or social reasons, or for other self-interested reasons. Why is it that women in Latin American countries such as Mexico and Cuba are able to decide what they wish to do with their bodies, but in others they are not? While the morality of receiving an abortion is still debated within many countries around the world today (including the U.S.), many women, nonetheless, are given the right to go through with the procedure. Women of Latin American countries should be granted the same rights, but because women of certain Latin American cultures are expected to be quiet and submissive, what should be inalienable rights are denied. Valenzuela has decided to start her all-female musical festival in Chile, where they face problems with abortion laws most, but wishes to spread this festival to other Latin American countries that encounter many of the same problems.

The feminist movement is beginning to expand, but much of the coverage I hear about is happening here, in the United States. Why is it that events regarding feminism in other countries are rarely heard about unless discovered by mere chance of scrolling the internet? Feminism has become a very popular topic of discussion, but in order to come together as one, this problem needs to be addressed head on and as a whole. Fighting against the unfair mistreat of women in one country will not eliminate the unfair treatment of women in all other countries. In order to adequately address this global problem, women and supporters of all cultures, races, and countries should band together, as a unified, international community, to help provide sanctions for victims of unfair treatment related to gender.  Unfortunately, without proper media coverage, how are people supposed to come together and create a more positive global community for everyone? They simply cannot.

I believe that, in a world that is constantly advancing, developing, and learning, the roles of women in society should not even be taken into consideration and they should certainly not be made into submissive and over sexualized objects. While religion and culture is always taken into consideration, the unfair treatment of women in Latin American countries still screams out as morally wrong. While Valenzuela and her all-female musical event is there to raise awareness of this matter, I believe that the media should certainly be doing a better job of keeping up with these events not just within the U.S., but also around the world, especially in Latin American countries where women are especially subjected to gender-related problems. Not all women are the same, and Valenzuela embraces this. She hopes that Chile and other Latin American countries will soon break free of their stereotypical female roles and learn to embrace women, treating them as equals. Chile has a female president for goodness sake! If now is not the time, then when is the time? Now is the time to address gender-related iniquity throughout the world; and to inform women in all countries that they are not alone; and that it’s okay for them and their supporters to speak out.

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