Phillips talks at Elon
about 'Project Censored'


Media research specialist Dr. Peter Phillips was a guest at Elon April 19, visiting classes and presenting a talk co-sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum and the School of Communications titled "Project Censored: What the Media Don't Tell You."

Phillips told Elon students that today more than ever before there's an opportunity for people to get their news by alternative means and thus become better and more accurately informed. "There's independent media emerging all over the world to tell the news from various angles we don't see coming from the major media," he said. "People are doing more to fight against the monopolies. We blocked the FCC's further media consolidation. People wrote more than 2 million letters of protest to Congress and the FCC. We reversed the further-media-consolidation trend. There was a huge response."

Project Censored is a national research effort launched in 1976 by Dr. Carl Jensen, of Sonoma State University. Upon Jensen's retirement in 1996, leadership of the project was passed to Phillips. The project's purpose is to inform the public, advocate for independent journalism, and spark debate on current issues involving media monopolies. The project's Sonoma-based research team tracks the news published in independent journals and newsletters. From these, Project Censored compiles an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country's major national news media.

The group's annual publication won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in 1996 and 1997. In 2003, more than 40 alternative newsweeklies carried the project's Top 10 Censored stories in metropolitan areas throughout the country, and Project Censored was featured on more than 125 independent talk radio and television shows.

The group's "Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2003-04" included "Wealth Inequality in the 21st Century Threatens Economy and Democracy," "Ashcroft Vs. the Human Rights Law that Holds Corporations Accountable," "Bush Administration Censors Science," "High Levels of Uranium Found in Troops and Civilians," "The Wholesale Giveaway of Our Natural Resources," "The Sale of Electoral Politics," "Conservative Organization Drives Judicial Appointments," "Cheney's Energy Task Force and the Energy Policy," "Widow Brings RICO Case Against the U.S. Government for 9/11" and "New Nuke Plants: Taxpayer Support; Industry Profits."

Phillips evening talk in Whitley Auditorium drew an interested crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members. Phillips encouraged people to become involved and promoted the second National Conference for Media Reform May 13-15 in St. Louis.

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