as America's Censored Newsletter dies
Exposure of censorship-the de facto kind that occurs regularly
in our so called "free democracy"-played to a 1-1 tie
The win was the establishment of Project Censored Canada by the
Canadian Association of Journalists in conjunction with Simon Fraser
It will be patterned on the original Project Censored (see accompanying
review). Project Censored Canada is inviting submissions: well documented
stories of major public significance, for instance involving life-and-death
matters and/or involving or potentially involving large numbers
of people. The key point is that these must be stories relatively
"buried", stories not picked up, not followed UP, not
To submit a story for consideration by the judges or for more information
contact Dr. Bob Hackett, Associate Professor, Department of Communications,
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1 S6. His office phone
number is (604) 291-3687.1nternet: email@example.com.
The loss was the folding in May of America's Censored Newsletter.
Age: one year. It was published by the indefatiguable Carl Jensen,
who launched the original Project Censored and who edits the Censored
As a subscriber I can attest that the monthly newsletter maintained
my awareness of ongoing censorship-and my adrenalin-in a way no
other publication did. The final edition, for instance included
An environmental disaster that will make the Exxon Valdez
spill pale by comparison, one that will one day dwarf the U.S. savings
and loan scandal in cost, is going unreported hi the mainstream
media. It's the selenium-contaminated groundwater drainoff from
irrigated lands in California and 13 other states.
U.S. mainstream media continue to ignore the dramatic decreases
in cigarette consumption brought about in Canada by the healthy
increase in taxes on cigarettes.
In fiscal 992 in the USA an average of 17,000 government
documents were declared secret-daily, While that was a decrease
of 11 percent from the previous year, the total number of "classified"
documents continues to mount in the USA. This is because of a "significant
decline" in the number of documents being declassified.
None of the 1992 Pulitzer Prizes winners dealt with any of
the top ten censored stories of that year. Most Pulitzer Prize-winning
stories dealt with death and destruction: hurricanes, riots, wars.
Space shuttle stories are as routine as the shuttles themselves.
Equally routine is the de facto censoring from these stories
of the reality that NASA space shuttles significantly help destroy
the ozone layer. This destruction was the number four censored story
Up into the sky, down into the memory hole.
Published in Sources, Summer 1993
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