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Book cover for Censored 2001
Book cover for Censored 2001

Introduction by Noam Chomsky

Cartoons by Tom Tomorrow

Does censorship of the press exist in the United States? Project Censored answers, "Yes," and has done so every year for the past twenty-five years by producing its acclaimed yearbook. In this year's packed 25th anniversary edition, Censored 2001, Peter Phillips and the Project Censored team respond to the mainstream media's ongoing "dumbing down of the news" by highlighting the 25 most startling stories of power, greed, and collusion of corporate and government sectors. Read all about it: how the World Bank and multinational corporations are trying to privatize water; the facts about genetically altered foods that the media and the biotech industry don't want you to know; how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fails to protect U.S. workers by not effectively enforcing labor laws; how drug companies influence doctors and health organizations to push medications; how U.S. taxpayers are underwriting global nuclear power plant sales; how United Nations corporate partnerships put human rights in peril, and more. These are just some of the stories that appear in Censored 2001. Introduced by world-renowned media critic Noam Chomsky, Censored 2001 also features an interview with Walter Cronkite; Laura Conaway and James Ridgeway's "Democracy in Chains," about the discrimination against black voters in Florida; a chapter on the history of Junk Food News by Project Censored founder Carl Jensen; "Building Indymedia" by Eric Galatas; original essays by Robert A. Hackett, Edward S. Herman, Marrianne Manilov, and Norman Solomon; and a 25-page resource guide to alternative media sources and media activist organizations.

Book cover for Censored 2001
Book cover for Censored 2001

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“Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.”

blog — November 01

Celebrating 40 Years of Project Censored

Did you know that the U.S. military is deployed in 70% of the world's nations? Or that leaked State Deptartment cables show that the U.S. planned to instigate civil strife in Syria as early in 2006? What about the chronic problem of medical neglect in private, for-profit, U.S. immigrant-only jails?

No? Neither did the rest of the world. That's because these and countless other news items are suppressed or ignored by our nation's "free press" every day. For the past forty years, Project Censored has been unearthing the buried stories that corporate media deem unfit to print. They also just hosted a jam-packed Media Freedom Summit and co-founded the Global Critical Media Literacy Project in partnership with the Action Coalition for Media Education and the graduate program in Media Literacy and Digital Culture at Sacred Heart University.

To celebrate, we're showcasing Censored 2017 at a 25% off online discount and offering 50% off Censored backlist titles (from Censored 1996 to Censored 2006), along with select Seven Stoires books on media literacy, including titles by Arundhati Roy and Noam Chomsky.

Check out our discounted Project Censored and media literacy collection!

Noam Chomsky

Born in Philadelphia in 1928, NOAM CHOMSKY is known throughout the world for his political writings, activism, and for for his groundbreaking work in linguistics. A professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955, Chomsky gained recognition in academic circles for his theory of transformational grammar, which drew attention to the syntactic universality of all human languages. But it is as a critic of unending war, corporate control, and neoliberalism that Chomsky has become one of the country’s most well known public intellectuals. The 1969 publication of American Power and the New Mandarins marked the beginning of Chomsky’s rigorous public criticism of American hegemony and its lieges. Since then, with his tireless scholarship and an unflagging sense of moral responsibility, he has become one of the most influential writers in the world. Chomsky is the author of Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (with Edward S. Herman), Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order, and over one hundred other books. To this day Noam Chomsky remains an active and uncompromising voice of dissent.

Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips is a Professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University since 1994, former Director of Project Censored 1996 to 2010 and President of Media Freedom Foundation 2003 to 2017. He has been editor or co-editor of fourteen editions of Censored, co-editor with Dennis Loo of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (2006), editor of two editions of Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism (1999 & 2004). His most recent book is Giants: The Global Power Elite. He was a co-host of the weekly Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio with Mickey Huff from 2010 to 2017, originating from KPFA in Berkeley and airing on forty stations nationwide. He teaches courses in Political Sociology, Sociology of Power, Sociological of Media, Sociology of Conspiracies and Investigative Sociology. He was winner of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in 1997 for Best Political Book, PEN Censorship Award 2008, Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications 2009, and the Pillar Human Rights Award from the National Associations of Whistleblowers 2014. He lives in a redwood forest near Bodega, California with his wife Mary Lia.

Project Censored

PROJECT CENSORED, founded in 1976 by Carl Jensen at Sonoma State University, has as its principal objective the advocacy for and protection of First Amendment rights, including freedom of information. In 2008, Project Censored received the PEN/Oakland Literary Censorship Award. Most recently, Project Censored received the 2014 Pillar Award in Journalism and New Media, given annually to persons of conscience, conviction, and achievement who stand up for what’s right and what’s true in the face of corporate and political intimidation. For more information, visit

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