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Project Uncensored: Shining a light on stories that deserve more attention than Paris Hilton or delusional pedophiles

Saturday, September 9th, 2006

Over at Dvorak Uncensored, they ran an item about Project Censored out of Sonoma State University in California and its list of the Top 25 Censored news stories of 2007. The poster, Unlce Dave had this to say:

But is this a valid list? While they don’t get hammered on constantly like the war and various other issues, I know for a fact I’ve heard a number of these stories discussed on NPR, for example. Plus, with the rise of blogs (including DU — we’ve had posts on at least two of the above) and Internet news-based reporting, does it really matter what ‘big media’ is reporting or not since practically everything is discussed somewhere daily online? And if it does matter, is ‘censorship’ the right word for why they aren’t reported on much?

Well, first of all, I think “Censored” is much more attention-getting than “Underreported,” so I say we give Project Uncensored a pass on that. As far as NPR and bloggers, well, just because you’re informed, doesn’t mean most of the U.S. is. And blogs are nice, but as long as my folks tell me that they’re giving people my “e-mail” when they mean they are giving people the URLs to my blogs or articles, than I think bloggers still don’t have the audience many seem to think they do.

Nonetheless, here are the Top 25 Censored news stories of 2007, according to Project Uncensored, as I feel they deserve as much publicity as possible, in a world easily distracted by Paris Hilton and John David Karr.

Top 25 Censored news stories of 2007

1) Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media

2) Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran

3) Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger

4) Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US

5) High-Tech Genocide in Congo

6) Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy

7) US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq

8) Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act

9) The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall

10) Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians

11) Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed

12) Pentagon Plans to Build New Landmines

13) New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup

14) Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US

15) Chemical Industry is EPA’s Primary Research Partner

16) Ecuador and Mexico Defy US on International Criminal Court

17) Iraq Invasion Promotes OPEC Agenda

18) Physicist Challenges Official 9-11 Story

19) Destruction of Rainforests Worst Ever

20) Bottled Water: A Global Environmental Problem

21) Gold Mining Threatens Ancient Andean Glaciers

22) Billions in Homeland Security Spending Undisclosed

23) US Oil Targets Kyoto in Europe

24) Cheney’s Halliburton Stock Rose Over 3000 Percent Last Year

25) US Military in Paraguay Threatens Region

We’ll come back to these individually periodically.