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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.
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
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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“[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
“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
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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
“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
“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.
“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.
“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
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Standing up Against Stigma: Global Discussions on Menstrual Hygiene and Management

Millions of girls in conflict disaster zones such as Lebanon and Myanmar lack access to supplies and information regarding menstrual hygiene management (MHM). MHM consists of a combination of information and practices to ensure a safe and dignified menstrual period. Researchers argue the greatest gap in MHM lies in the provision of practical information to address the cultural taboos around menstruation, and the lack of proper self-care resources and support to manage this monthly cycle.

In Nepal, campaigners call on authorities to step up efforts to demystify menstruation after another woman has died from chauupadi. This is an ancient Hindu ritual which banishes women to mud huts during menstruation due to the dogmatic, superstitious belief that menstruation is impure and may bring bad luck to the home.

A founder of the charity, Action Works Nepal, shared a potential solution: to create a national dialogue about menstrual stigma. The denial of rights is a learned behavior, and centuries of silence, shame, restriction, coercion and injustice will must be banished from our psyches. Although most humanitarian response efforts emphasize supplies, such as providing reusable menstrual pads to women in Uganda’s rural villages, current assessments highlight the need for a holistic approach to MHM which also incorporates open consultation about menstruation.

This call for MHM discussion extends past Nepal, and Uganda; this issue cuts across class, culture, and geography. In the United States, mainstream media coverage has discussed the Menstrual Equality for All Act (H. R. 972), introduced by a group of congresswomen to give low-income individuals credits for period supplies and require both employers and prisons to provide free menstrual products to female employees and inmates. Yet, the majority of media coverage is devoted to tampon campaigns, such as U by Kotex, which pitch smaller, discreet products that women can easily hide.

For women and girls across the globe, having access to menstrual products is as important as soap or toilet paper, and should be just as easy to ask for, but this is not the reality. Due to centuries of silence, shame, and restriction on the topic, women around the world face challenges in the ability to manage their menstruation safely, comfortably, and with dignity. Grassroots co-founder of Helping Women Period shares that in addition to increasing access to products, the greater ‘meta’ impact comes from spreading awareness and increasing conversation for this issue to everyone in our community. It is time to ignite a shift in the corporate media coverage of  MHM from ads of feminine hygiene products to calls for feminine hygiene rights.


Archana Patkarv, “Menstrual Health and Vitality: Breaking the Silence, Stemming the Flood,” Inter Press Service, May 23, 2017,

Amanda Klasing, Patsy Kisakye, and Marni Sommer, “U.S. Congresswomen Push for Menstruation with Dignity for Women, Girls,” Women’s ENews, June 4, 2017,

Lauren Jones, “Tampon Ads Aren’t Made for Women–They’re Made for Men,” The Tempest, December 16, 2017,

Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez, “Getting Your Period Can Be a Pain. Getting It While Homeless Is Even Worse,” YES! Magazine, July 27, 2017,

Zaheena Rasheed, “Why Menstrual Stigma Continues to Claim Lives in Nepal,” Al Jazeera, January 17, 2018,

“Study Calls for Less Shame and Secrecy Around Menstruation in Global Conflict Areas,” EurekAlert!, October 15, 2017,

Student Researcher: Lauren A. Mason (San Francisco State University)

Faculty Evaluator: Kenn Burrows (San Francisco State University)

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