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Pressure Groups and Censorship

New Book Breaks Censorship on Palestinian Issue

Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Stories
(Seven Stories Press; 2004)

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In a groundbreaking departure, a recently released book by a major progressive institution dedicated to exposing “censorship” in the American media reveals that the organization itself also omitted information on the Israeli-Palestinian issue over its 20-plus years of operations.

The book, CENSORED 2005, is the most recent in a series produced by “Project Censored,” a highly respected media research organization whose mission is “To Tell The News That Didn't Make the News.”

The strongly worded chapter, by If Americans Knew founder Alison Weir, describes the history of Israel, its continuing violations of human rights, and the cover-up on this issue in the American press.

While media analysts have increasingly exposed distortion on Palestine in the corporate media, Weir’s chapter is one of the first to detail such censorship in the progressive community. In addition to its analysis of Project Censored itself, the chapter also names other progressive organizations with similar lapses.

Observers feel that the inclusion of Weir’s chapter may signal a new willingness to discuss Israel’s apartheid system and human rights violations among progressive and leftist groups that previously were side-tracked by allegations that discussing the facts on Israel would be “too divisive.”

On the other hand, the book also includes an introduction by author Greg Palast, an Israel-sympathizer who has called Al-Jazeera “Terrorist News Network.” (Most experts consider the Qatar-based network one of the most reliable on the region.)

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Multimedia

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Resources

Attacks on the Press 2003 – Israel and the Occupied Territories

Booklet – The Information Blockade

Short Movie: AP Erased Footage of Palestinian Boy Being Shot – Watch Online!

AUPHR Report – Accuracy in Oregonian Coverage of the Palestine / Israel Conflict

FAIR Report – The Illusion of Balance

Book – Bad News from Israel

Leaked Document: Israeli Communications Priorities 2003

Related Organizations

Committee to Protect Journalists

Reporters Without Borders

Justice for James Miller

PM Watch

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

American Hummus

Media Report Cards

Deadly Distortion: Associated Press
Jan. 2004 - Dec. 2004

Off the Charts: ABC, CBS, & NBC
Sep. 2000 - Sep. 2001
Jan. 2004 - Dec. 2004

Off the Charts: New York Times
Sep. 2000 - Sep. 2001
Jan. 2004 - Dec. 2004

SF Chronicle (CA) Report Card
Sep. 2000 - Mar. 2001

San Jose Mercury News (CA) Report Card
Oct. 2002 - Mar. 2003

San Jose Mercury News (CA) Report Card
Apr. - Sep. 2002

New London Day (CT) Report Card
Mar. - Jun. 2003


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