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Censored 2003 : the top 25 censored stories
Phillips, Peter.
Publication Information:
New York : Seven Stories ; London : Turnaround, [2002]

Physical Description:
399 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Includes index.
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Introduction by Robert W. McChesney and Cartoons by Tom Tomorrow A multiple Firecracker Alternative Book Award-winner, Censored highlights the 25 most important and underreported news stories of each year, alerting readers to the deficiencies in corporate media. This year's edition takes a more active role in exposing censored stories, with a full resource guide and updates on independent media to help readers take part in grassroots efforts to strengthen the media and democracy movement. A terrific resource' - Library Journal'

Author Notes

Peter Phillips is the director of Project Censored & an associate professor of sociology at Sonoma State University. Phillips writes op-ed pieces in the alternative press & independent newspapers nationwide. He frequently speaks on media censorship & various sociopolitical issues on radio & TV talk shows, including "Talk of the Nation", "Public Interest", "Talk America", "Democracy Now!", & the "Jim Hightower Show".

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

At a time when media critics are lamenting the increasing corporate sensibilities of news organizations, this book takes a very assertive look at what the mainstream media are neglecting in their coverage. Sonoma State University's Project Censored analyzes connections between the media and corporate interests and identifies important but mostly overlooked stories of 2001^-02. This collection of 25 stories comes from an eclectic mix of international sources--the Guardian, the Nation, Mother Jones, the Ecologist, Steellabor. The stories include FCC actions to privatize airwaves, how efforts to protect oil interests botched investigations of Osama bin Laden before the terrorist attacks, the U.S. national housing crisis, and how the government energy plan threatens the environment. Each selection includes sources and summaries of the articles, followed by an update from the writers. The book includes a critical analysis of how newsgathering has changed since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and how independent media assist grass-roots movements. This fascinating book will appeal to readers interested in changes in journalism and the news media. Vanessa Bush

Publisher's Weekly Review

Although its table of contents reads like a list of stories from any issue of The Onion, every one of the articles in Censored 2003: The Top 25 Censored Stories are true. With chapter titles like "United States' Policies in Columbia Support Mass Murder," "U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water System" and "Bush Appoints Former Criminals to Key Government Roles," the collection covers important news stories that were censored for various reasons. In his introduction, Robert W. McChesney laments the "deplorable" coverage of three of the past year's major stories: the war on terrorism, the Enron scandal and the 2000 presidential election. The articles, selected by Peter Phillips and Project Censored, range from an explanation of how NAFTA has ruined rural farmers in North America to a look at how the federal government bails out failing private prisons. Cartoons by Tom Tomorrow are sprinkled throughout. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Two recent publications explore the controversial and important issue of censorship in the press and in our schools and libraries. Phillips, editor of Censored 2003, is director of Project Censored, an investigative project conducted out of Sonoma State University studying freedom of information and the media. The project's network of students, faculty, and community evaluators annually assesses and ranks the top 25 news stories not adequately covered by the mainstream press in the preceding year. Stories featured in this year's publication examine controversial issues such as NAFTA, U.S. foreign policy, corporate malfeasance, labor reform, and public health. The source of the press coverage, a brief synopsis of the story, and an analysis of the reporting are included, and instructive essays contributed by scholars and writers examine such topics as grass-roots news and corporate dominance of the media. Two appendixes include a comprehensive directory of independent press publications and a guide to media activist organizations. A fascinating and disturbing look at our nation's media, this work is authoritative, well organized, and exhaustively documented. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. In the revised and expanded edition of Banned in the U.S.A., Foerstel gives an enlightening analysis of censorship in U.S. schools and public libraries. Provided is a survey of major book-banning incidents in the United States, accessible background material on the legal history of book banning, new and updated interviews with banned writers, and a synopsis of the 50 most frequently challenged books from the period 1996-2000. A selected bibliography of works about censorship is also included. Recommended for school and public libraries that don't own the first edition or need information on challenges after 1996, the only area in which this book was expanded.-Katherine E. Merrill, Rochester P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.