by Jerry Alatalo
“Instead of monopolizing the seat of judgment, journalism should be apologizing in the dock.”
– OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) Irish writer
The California-based media watchdog organization Project Censored is close to celebrating 40 years of reporting the truth since its founding by Dr. Carl Jensen in 1976. Their annual book identifying the year’s most censored news stories just came out, and its title is “Censored 2016: Media Freedom on the Line”. On the cover of the book author Naomi Wolf says “Project Censored is a lifeline to the world’s most urgent and significant stories”, and she is 100% correct.
While it’s certainly important to disseminate the censored stories reported in “Censored 2016” and promote the book, an equal intent of this posting is to honor the efforts of men and women who’ve been associated with Project Censored since its beginnings in 1976 until today. One can only imagine the cumulative and immense digging and investigating carried out by university students, professors and average citizens during the organization’s 40-year existence, especially in the early years where, unlike in 2015 and instant global information discovery on computers, research could only be carried out through time-consuming arranging of inter-library loans of important books.
One hopes that plans are underway for a well-deserved Project Censored 40-year reunion and celebration in the months ahead. If such a celebration plan is in the works one can imagine an event schedule which includes remembrance of early years’ men and women contributors who’ve passed away, talks from those involved during the late 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000-2010, and 2010-2015, plus a film highlighting the special moments during Project Censored’s honorable 40-year existence.
Who can know when the day will come where Project Censored and all the other fine independent media groups on Earth keeping check on powerful people who abuse their power will become unnecessary because truth prevailed and lies became universally unacceptable? One can only pray and hope that glorious day arrives very soon, but in the meantime Project Censored and other serious media organizations dedicated to truth continue their highly admirable and respected efforts – the “good fight”.
At this time, the World Championship of baseball playoffs are in high gear, and one becomes reminded of the old sports saying “may the best team win”. If there were such a thing as “World Championship of Truth Media”, it is entirely possible that Project Censored is “the best team” and surely deserves to win the champion’s trophy. Through the organization’s 40-year existence there have no doubt been many men and women “clutch hitters”, “star players” and “MVP” teammates.
One could compare today’s Project Censored Director Mickey Huff to sports legend, +100mph fastball-blazing pitcher and strikeout king Nolan Ryan, leading the “team” of men and women researchers and writers who contribute to Project Censored during the “World Championship” media playoffs, and, with truth as their greatest competitive weapon, winning it all.
For those who are unaware of the tremendous amount of work done by Project Censored over 40 years, it is strongly suggested to spend significant time on their website: http://www.projectcensored.org/ . It is truly a “goldmine” for those who have a strong loyalty to truthful reporting of the most important world events, conditions and news stories. After investing some time at their website, it might become impossible not to mention Project Censored and/or it’s web address to friends, relatives or others during discussions on world events – that is how distinctively excellent the organization’s research and reporting are.
To those already having an awareness of Project Censored, remember to keep their website a staple of your internet routine and stop there regularly. Do not hesitate for an instant to support, recommend to others, or otherwise credit the outstanding and serious journalism work done by the organization’s men and women over its 40 years of existence from 1976 and continuing until today in late 2015.
There are a number of excellent websites around the Earth devoted to the truth worthy of high praise and well-deserved gratitude for their efforts, but Project Censored belongs to a select handful of media organizations which are leading the way in the important and necessary work of delivering accurate information to the people.
Among the top censored stories of 2015 in the just-published book “Censored 2016: Media Freedom on the Line” discussed by PC Director Mickey Huff and MintPress News’ Mnar Muhawesh in their recent interview, they explore the continuing global trend toward greater wealth inequality, growing concern around the world over privatization of water, the harmful and deadly effects of pesticides, the United States’ military encirclement of Russia and China, record numbers of people on Earth – more than 50 million – who’ve become displaced and/or refugees as corporate media fails to “connect the dots”, and the ongoing crisis of radioactive contamination coming from Fukushima, Japan.
Thank you to all the honorable men and women, past and present – 1976-2015, associated with the distinctively outstanding organization Project Censored. These people and the millions around the Earth doing similar important, solutions-focused work deserve all the respect, gratitude, support and love they might receive.
(Thank you to MintPressNews at YouTube)