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.
STATE OF THE FREE PRESS 2022: The News That Didn’t Make the News—And Why
As the United States grapples with its legacy of systemic racism, the ongoing pandemic, and partisan threats to the foundations of democracy, the integrity of news has never been more important.
State of the Free Press 2022 covers this past year’s best independent journalism, centering voices and topics marginalized by the establishment press. From investigative reports on prescription drug costs becoming a leading cause of death in the United States and racial bias in police use of dogs, to a historic wave of wildcat strikes, and microplastic contamination of seafood, during 2020–2021 independent journalists and news outlets provided vital reporting on fundamental public issues that corporate news media either marginalized or buried.
Applying the critical media literacy tools Project Censored has championed since 1976, State of the Free Press 2022 exposes how the corporate media’s focus on “humilitainment” and “false balance” leads to slanted news, info-free clickbait, and censorship.
The book’s diverse contributors deconstruct today’s corporate news as a form of propaganda that caters to elite prejudices and interests. Balancing critical analysis with optimistic vision, State of the Free Press 2022 advances remedies for a more robust free press and provides inspiring models for grassroots engagement.