Project Censored: Book on US Media Censorship to be Launch in Havana

The book “Project Censored 2009”, compiling important news stories censored by the US mainstream media over the past two years, will be launched next Monday at Havana’s Jose Marti International Journalism Institute.

Authors Peter Phillips, a US sociologist and Ernesto Carmona, a Chilean journalist also include in the book some of the most significant Latin America-related stories that were not covered at all during the past 32 years.

The stories published in the book were deeply researched by Project Censored, an initiative by the Sociology Faculty at the Sonoma State University, in California.

The book exposes the covert operations against former Chilean President Salvador Allende during the Richard Nixon administration (1969-1974). The work also refers to secret plans by the Ronald Reagan government (1981-1989) to turn conflicts that arouse in the 1980´s in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala into an open war scenario in Central America.

The book will be presented by journalist Ernesto Carmona, who is also a writer and executive secretary of the Investigation Commission on Attempts against Journalists at the Latin American Federation of Journalists.

Project Censured 2009 was highly demanded by the public in Venezuela during the recently held 4th International Book Fair.

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009

# 1 Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation
# 2 Security and Prosperity Partnership: Militarized NAFTA
# 3 InfraGard: The FBI Deputizes Business
# 4 ILEA: Is the US Restarting Dirty Wars in Latin America?
# 5 Seizing War Protesters’ Assets
# 6 The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act
# 7 Guest Workers Inc.: Fraud and Human Trafficking
# 8 Executive Orders Can Be Changed Secretly
# 9 Iraq and Afghanistan Vets Testify
# 10 APA Complicit in CIA Torture
# 11 El Salvador’s Water Privatization and the Global War on Terror
# 12 Bush Profiteers Collect Billions From No Child Left Behind
# 13 Tracking Billions of Dollars Lost in Iraq
# 14 Mainstreaming Nuclear Waste
# 15 Worldwide Slavery
# 16 Annual Survey on Trade Union Rights
# 17 UN’s Empty Declaration of Indigenous Rights
# 18 Cruelty and Death in Juvenile Detention Centers
# 19 Indigenous Herders and Small Farmers Fight Livestock Extinction
# 20 Marijuana Arrests Set New Record
# 21 NATO Considers “First Strike” Nuclear Option
# 22 CARE Rejects US Food Aid
# 23 FDA Complicit in Pushing Pharmaceutical Drugs
# 24 Japan Questions 9/11 and the Global War on Terror
# 25 Bush’s Real Problem with Eliot Spitzer