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.

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