Fight Censorship

As a general rule, we like to keep our cover stories as local as humanly possible. For that reason, we rarely run nationally themed articles.

This week marks an exception.

Every year, Sonoma State University (in California) produces something called Project Censored. For the project, researchers look through a variety of media sources during the year and find stories that, for whatever reason, didn't receive the coverage that they merited.

Maybe the stories fell through the cracks. Maybe the mainstream press was too busy covering other things (Ben and J-Lo?). Or maybe, just maybe, politicians and corporations put pressure on to kill the stories. After all, it's important to remember: Most mainstream media outlets are businesses with a bottom line.

Who knows?

In any case, we feel the findings of Project Censored are important, and for that reason, we're running this story, penned by Camille T. Taiara of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. It's compelling, and in many instances, disturbing--but a must-read.

And next week, we'll be back to a local emphasis in a big way: Sept. 25 marks the publication of our 17th annual Best of Tucson issue. That's something you certainly won't want to miss.

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