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Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“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.
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“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 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
“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 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
“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
“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.
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“[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.
“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.)
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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 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
“[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

The Project Censored Radio Show

THE PROJECT CENSORED SHOW on KPFA, Pacifica Radio Started in 2010 by Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips, with Anthony Fest Airs on 40 stations from Maui to New York, and online everywhere. You can listen to an archive of our radio shows on our site here, the KPFA archive page here, or listen the latest radio shows in the playlist below.

  1. Orange Is The New Black, Black Lives Matter, and Project Censored Student Researchers Project Censored
  2. The US Drone Warfare Program Project Censored
  3. Kenn Burrows and William Pepper Project Censored
  4. Donald Trump is a Political Aberration Project Censored
  5. Hip-Hop music in 2017 Featuring Alicia Huartado, Shaida Akbarian, and Grand Skeme Project Censored
  6. Peter Dale Scott Project Censored

The Project Censored Show is a weekly public affairs program that airs Fridays from 1-2 P.M. Pacific time on KPFA, Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, CA. The program is an extension of the work Project Censored began in 1976 celebrating independent journalism while fighting media censorship, deconstructing propaganda, and supporting a truly free press. The program focuses on “The News That Didn’t Make the News.” Each week, the Project Censored team conducts in depth interviews with their guests and offer hard hitting commentary and analysis on the key political, social, and economic issues of the day with an emphasis on critical media literacy. Beginning in 2010, and roughly 300 broadcasts later, the program is nationally syndicated on 40 stations and growing. To learn how to bring the Project Censored Show to your community, contact  Mickey@ProjectCensored.org,  Peter@ProjectCensored.org, or Anthony Fest at adf55@yahoo.com.

Meet the Project Censored Show team!

Picture by Kent Porter via the Press Democrat

Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips, Executive Producers and Founders, Co-Hosts

Peter Phillips, Ph.D., is a Professor Sociology at Sonoma State University and  past Director of Project Censored (1996—2010). He teaches classes in Media Censorship, Investigative Sociology, Sociology of Power, Political Sociology, Sociology of Conspiracies, and Sociology of Media. He has published fourteen editions of Censored: Media Democracy in Acton from Seven Stories Press. Also from Seven Stories Press is Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (2006) and Project Censored Guide to Independent Media and Activism (2003). Peter Phillips co-hosts the Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio and is a frequent writer and blogger on numerous sites worldwide. In 2009, Phillips received the Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications. Dallas Smythe is a national award given to researchers and activists who, through their research and/or production work, have made significant contributions to the study and practice of democratic communication. His recent research has been on the Transnational Capitalist Class.

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, Tribworthy.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

Producer
Anthony Fest 
has been the producer of the Project Censored Show since the program began in late 2010. 
His previous radio experience includes 20 years of hosting the Sunday news on KPFA, the station where the Project Censored Show is produced. As well as producing Project Censored, he is the technical producer of “Poor News Network” a semiweekly feature on Hard Knock Radio, heard on KPFA and other stations. He’s also a staff representative on the KPFA board.

 

Associate Co-Hosts

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.

 

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. 

Desiree McSwain is a social activist and advocate in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work focuses on school reform and abolishing the School to Prison pipeline. She also organizes and advocates for the elimination of all school police throughout the Bay Area. She is an active member of Black Organizing Project as well as Anti-Police Terror Project. McSwain has been involved with movements such as “Justice for Mario Woods” and “Take Back Oakland” and is a cofounder of Censored Students (2016).

Senior Correspondant 

Michael Levitin is a senior correspondent for the Project Censored Show. A freelance journalist and former foreign correspondent for Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times and others, he was a founding editor of the Occupied Wall Street Journal and Occupy.com, which is now in its fifth year covering political, environmental and economic justice movements. Michael’s recent journalism focuses on energy and water issues and, above all, #TheResistance to the Trump regime.

 

Interns

Alisha Huajardo is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area resident who completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at California State University, East Bay. Alisha’s research interests focus on the intersection of history and the media. Since 2017, Alisha has been the main student reporter for the Project Censored Show.