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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
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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
“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
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“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.
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“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.
“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.
“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] 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 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.)
“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 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
“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
“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

The Media Freedom Summit: Celebrating 40 Years of Project Censored October 21-22, 2016 at Sonoma State University

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This year, Project Censored—the non-profit media watchdog organization, founded at Sonoma State University (SSU) by Professor Carl Jensen—celebrates forty years of documenting significant news stories that independent journalists and news organizations have covered, but that corporate media have either ignored altogether or reported only in incomplete, slanted fashion. To mark this anniversary, Project Censored is hosting a national Media Freedom Summit, to be held on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at SSU.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE HERE

From across the country, the Media Freedom Summit will bring together independent journalists, media activists, professors, students, and members of the public, for the weekend to discuss the links between media power and political power, and to share effective strategies for advancing social justice by promoting media freedom and critical media literacy. See a detailed itinerary of the weekend events HERE.

A highlight of the Media Freedom Summit will be the Project’s official 40th anniversary celebration, to be held on Friday night, October 21st.  Beginning with a reception at 5:00pm, and including hors d’oeuvres with wine and beer available for purchase, the evening will feature a an overview of the Project’s work, the latest Top Censored Stories, and a panel discussion led by Abby Martin with Mnar Muhawesh, David Talbot, and Mark Crispin Miller on the state of media freedom and the significance of independent journalism. The Friday night program is included for summit registrants. The general public is invited to the Friday night gala as well. See below for more details.

Abby Martin is the creator and host of “The Empire Files,” an investigative news program broadcast weekly by teleSUR English, the former host of RT’s “Breaking the Set,” and the founder of Media Roots. Martin contributed to a chapter in Censored 2017.

Mnar Muhawesh is the founder and editor-in-chief of MintPress News and host of the program “Behind the Headline.” Project Censored’s judges selected one of her news stories for inclusion among the Top 25 Censored stories of 2015-2016. Muhawesh also contributed to a chapter in Censored 2017.

David Talbot, best-selling author most recently of The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and America’s Secret Government. Talbot was the founding editor of Salon.com. His most recent endeavor is Hot Books, a new imprint in partnership with Skyhorse Publishing that’s producing hard-hitting, muckraking titles on key issues of our times that often escape the attention of corporate media.

Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media, culture and communication at New York University, author of numerous articles and books on media censorship and election fraud, including Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008. He is also curator of the Open Road Media series, Forbidden Bookshelf, a project that republished titles of America’s repressed history that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark, including abortion, organized crime, the CIA, and financial inequality. Miller wrote the Foreword to Censored 2017.

Our evening’s speakers are scholars of media and history and exemplary investigative reporters on the cutting edge of an increasingly robust, revitalized, and digitally-networked Fourth Estate. The 40th anniversary celebration promises to be an informing and inspiring evening.

By exposing and opposing news censorship and promoting independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking, Project Censored educates students and the public about the crucial role of a free press for democratic self-government. The Project’s campus affiliates program links together hundreds of teachers and students from dozens of college and university campuses across the country and around the world in a collective effort to raise public awareness of the limits of corporate news coverage and the importance of a truly independent press.

The Media Freedom Summit is co-sponsored by ACME, the Action Coalition for Media Education, and Sacred Heart University’s Media Education and Digital Culture MA Program, as well as the SSU School of Social Science, Sociology Department, Communications Studies Department, and Sociology Social Justice and Activism Club.

Registration for the entire weekend of workshops and panel discussions, including the Friday night celebration, is $150, which includes a copy of Censored 2017. Those wishing to only attend the Friday evening festivities and round table discussion can do so for $40. Students are welcome to attend the Summit free of charge with valid school ID. Limited scholarships and assistance may be available. Contact mickey@projectcensored.org and check www.projectcensored.org for more updates and details.

Registration Fees

Registration Cost: $150

Students with valid college IDs are admitted free (Students Must Register even though there is no fee)

Vendors who wish to table, $25 for one day or $40 for two days

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Lodging

The Best Western Inn has discount rates available for this event. Please let them know that you are attending the Project Censored Media Freedom Summit at Sonoma State University for the discounted rate.

The Best Western Inn Address is:

6500 Redwood Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Phone:(707) 584-7435

Fees Include:

A signed copy of Censored 2017

Full Friday and Saturday program

Abby Martin of The Empire Files, cash bar

Friday evening Hors d’oeuvres and celebration, Keynote panel conversation led by

Those wishing to only attend the Friday evening festivities and round table discussion can do so for a suggested donation of $40

Saturday morning continental breakfast/coffee (DIY lunch at SSU not included)

Sunday, conference attendees plan their own outings from the beach to wine country to carry on the mission of the Summit outdoors as they see fit

“It is immensely gratifying to be able to congratulate Project Censored on the Fortieth Anniversary of its remarkable achievements, both in bringing to us critically important stories that have had little or no media attention and in engaging young activists who will be able to carry on this very valuable work. A crucial contribution to the hope for a more just and democratic society.” –Noam Chomsky

TENTATIVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE HERE

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