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“[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
“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
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 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
“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.
“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 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.
“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
“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.
“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 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
“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] 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
“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
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast

Jane Akre and Ken Burrows

In the first half of the program, veteran investigative reporter Jane Akre explains the serious medical problems caused by mesh implants, and why corporate-media coverage of these issues has been scant. Then Ken Burrows discusses the Gandhi-King Season of Nonviolence, and explains the philosophical foundations of nonviolence doctrine.

Jane Akre is the co-founder of the Mesh Medical Device News Desk web site, and a former television reporter. Ken Burrows teaches Holistic Health at San Francisco State University, and is an organizer of the Gandhi-King events on the SFSU campus

Listen to the radio show here

  • Janis Urban March 1, 2016

    Thank you Jane Akre once again for your Journalistic Integrity. Your coverage is vital to 100,000’s of women and men who have been injured seeking the truth about surgical mesh implants.

  • Robin Herzog March 1, 2016

    Thank you Project Censored and our advocate Jane Akre. For years we have been trying to have a voice to spread the awareness of transvaginal mesh. It has been used on women for stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse or hysterectomies and hernia surgeries. It was not cleared by the FDA for use in women, we did not know it was made of polyprolene and made to be non-removal. Almost 100,000 people worldwide have been affected that learned thru suffering from pain and complications. We have been treated poorly by the medical community and the pharmaceutical companies who made billions off our pain. Our loss of jobs, marriages, livelihood and health can never be recovered. No one wants to tell our story but slowly from people like you we are gaining a voice. We just want women to be aware, ask questions, find out options before you are blindly subjected to an implant that our bodies are rejecting. We as women are the backbone of this country, we deserve to be heard and the news, FDA, gov officials, and news agencies need to pick up our story and bring it to the forefront. For the health and livelihood of all mankind. It is our duty to help bring awareness and protect others from this atrocity just like the medical field took an oath to protect and educate us but they didn’t. They used us and now we suffer the consequences of losing everything that we worked so hard for in our lives. Thanks to Mesh Medical News Desk and Jane Akre we have somewhere to go and comfort each other. Thanks and please forward this to as many news and gov sources you can to prevent others from harm. Thank You!

  • Deb Meshmenot March 2, 2016

    Thank you for covering this story, and helping get the truth out about surgical mesh complications. Unfortunately, there is not nearly enough media coverage on this. There’s mostly just lawyer ads which are easy for the mass public to downplay & misinterpret.

    Even the doctors implanting the mesh do not seem to understand the facts, and real risks involved. Instead, they spread misconstrued information relayed to them by organizations like AUGs, which only tells half truths and picks and chooses parts of the FDA warnings, as if they were a bad bible thumper using select bible verses for their own agendas. (

    Like many others, I suffered severely after what I thought would be a minor surgery involving a TOT sling for SUI. Unlike many others, I was fortunate to be able to get to Dr. Raz, one of the few doctors that can do full mesh removals. I travelled across the country to go to him after local doctors told me it was impossible to remove the mesh in my groin area, where my pain stemmed from. I still am dealing with other resulting complications, but compared to many others I know I am very lucky. Most wind up having only partial removal after parietal removal, and deal with chronic, debilitating pain, infections, etc.

    In the last four years, I have met countless others online, desperate for help. Finding a doctor that will actually recognize or admit that mesh is causing their problems is difficult. Finding a doctor that will not only recognize it, but is also willing and ABLE to remove the mesh is next to impossible. Let alone actually getting to that doctor, and being able to afford travel & medical costs, since many have lost their jobs & health insurance by then. It’s a terrible, and all too common, situation to be in. Yet, they keep just putting more and more mesh into unsuspecting people.

    I’m convinced that if people knew just some of the real facts about mesh upfront, facts most doctors are NOT telling them, they would NOT choose to have it. I know I wouldn’t have. The risks are simply too high & too severe. Especially when there is no proof that it has any clinical benefit over traditional, non-mesh, repairs.