Extra-Censory Perception

Project Censored has released its annual (and forward-looking) list of the “Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009.” Among them:

#6 The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act
#11 El Salvador’s Water Privatization and the Global War on Terror
#20 Marijuana Arrests Set New Record

Some of the list are obvious (“#9: Iraq and Afghanistan Vets Testify”), and some are of questionable merit (“#24: Japan Questions 9/11 and the Global War on Terror”). But the spirit behind the list is a good one: It’s always worth remembering that media criticism is about not only critiquing the coverage we have, but also pointing out the coverage we don’t.

Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.