Established in 2021, The Censored Press is the publishing imprint of Project Censored and its non-profit sponsor, the Media Freedom Foundation. Building on the Project’s yearbook series, website, weekly radio show, and other programs, The Censored Press advances the Project’s promotion of independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking.
Out of the gates, The Censored Press will publish four books: the next Project Censored yearbook, State of the Free Press 2022 (December 2021); The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People, coauthored by Ben Boyington, Allison T. Butler, Nolan Higdon, Mickey Huff, Andy Lee Roth, and illustrated by Peter Glanting (Fall 2022); State of the Free Press 2023 (December 2022); and Going Remote: An Educator’s Journey through the Digital Exodus by Adam Bessie and Peter Glanting, a book of graphic-journalism based on a chapter previously published in State of the Free Press 2021 (late 2022/early 2023).
The Censored Press benefits from a robust partnership with Seven Stories Press, the Project’s long-time publisher and stalwart ally, which will print and distribute Censored Press titles in an arrangement similar to its cooperation with Human Rights Watch to publish HRW’s Annual Report. As publisher Dan Simon recently observed, “At Seven Stories we work with the truest, bravest voices. Project Censored has met that high standard year after year. The team at Project Censored and The Censored Press is among our most important partners.”
The support of generous anonymous donors ensures that The Censored Press will be a sustainable publishing imprint. Its development is guided by a distinguished founding editorial board that includes Mischa Geracoulis, Mickey Huff, Veronica Liu, Nora Barrows-Friedman, Andy Lee Roth, T.M. Scruggs, and Dan Simon.
Project Censored’s State of the Free Press 2021
How healthy is journalism in the United States today? Project Censored’s State of the Free Press 2021 surveys the desolate landscape of corporate news reporting, where powerful forces interlock to restrict the free flow of information and the black smoke of misinformation pollutes the political landscape. State of the Free Press 2021 also celebrates an authentic alternative—a healthy news ecosystem, sustained by an independent press that engages the public with trustworthy news and analysis.
State of the Free Press 2021 exposes the corporate media’s failures to cover systemic social problems, including the deadly consequences of enduring economic inequality, attacks on freedom of expression, and the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. State of the Free Press 2021 also documents how double standards and skewed framing have served to mystify the public about the COVID-19 pandemic, the debate over healthcare during the 2020 Democratic primary campaign, and mass demonstrations in Hong Kong and Chile.