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Project Censored Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Media Freedom Summit


Project Censored Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Media Freedom Summit

By Mickey Huff, Andy Lee Roth and Peter Phillips

This year, Project Censored – the non-profit media watchdog organization, founded at Sonoma State University (SSU) by Professor Carl Jensen – celebrates forty years of documenting significant news stories that independent journalists and news organizations have covered, but that corporate media have either ignored altogether or reported only in incomplete, slanted fashion. To mark this anniversary, Project Censored is hosting a national Media Freedom Summit, to be held on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at SSU. 

From across the country, the Media Freedom Summit will bring together independent journalists, media activists, professors, students, and members of the public, to discuss the links between media power and political power, and to share effective strategies for advancing social justice by promoting media freedom and critical media literacy.

A highlight of the Media Freedom Summit will be the Project’s official 40th anniversary celebration, to be held on Friday night, October 21st.  Beginning with a reception at 5:00pm, and including heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer available for purchase, the evening will feature a an overview of the Project’s work, the latest Top Censored Stories, and a panel discussion led by Abby Martin with Mnar Muhawesh, David Talbot, and others on media freedom, activism, and the significance of independent journalism.

Abby Martin is the creator and host of “The Empire Files,” an investigative news program broadcast weekly by teleSUR English, the former host of RT’s “Breaking the Set,” and the founder of Media Roots. Mnar Muhawesh is the founder and editor-in-chief of MintPress News. Project Censored’s judges selected one of her news stories for inclusion among the Top 25 Censored stories of 2015-2016. Author David Talbot’s most recent work is Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and America’s Secret Government. Talbot was the founding editor of His most recent endeavor is Hot Books, a new imprint in partnership with Skyhorse Publishing, that’s producing hard-hitting, muckraking titles on key issues of our times that often escape the attention of corporate media. Each of our speakers is an exemplary investigative reporter on the cutting edge of an increasingly robust, revitalized, and digitally-networked Fourth Estate. The 40th anniversary celebration promises to be an informing and inspiring evening. 

By exposing and opposing news censorship and promoting independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking, Project Censored educates students and the public about the crucial role of a free press for democratic self-government. 

The Project’s campus affiliates program links together hundreds of teachers and students from dozens of college and university campuses across the country and around the world in a collective effort to raise public awareness of the limits of corporate news coverage and the importance of a truly independent press.

The Media Freedom Summit is co-sponsored by ACME, the Action Coalition for Media Education, and Sacred Heart University’s Media Education and Digital Culture MA Program, as well as the SSU School of Social Science, Sociology Department, Communications Studies Department, and Sociology Social Justice and Activism Club.