April 23, 2009
Peter Phillips, director of Project Censored since 1996 and co-editor with Dennis Loo of Impeach the President, has just been named the recipient of the 2009 Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications.
Anyone who follows the news knows about Project Censored, or ignores it at their own risk. Project Censored is instrumental in collecting and publicizing the news stories that really matter—stories about the abuse of national power, about labor exploitation and the global market, about surveillance at home and abroad—stories about the world we live in, and the threats it faces from its most powerful residents. Their annual publication with Seven Stories, the Censored series, has been called “required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens” by the LA Times, and has been an invaluable resource in publicizing the news that the mainstream media doesn’t want to cover—or doesn’t want you to hear.
According to the Union for Democratic Communications, the Dallas Smythe Award is “the highest honor given by the Union for Democratic Communications. It is awarded to researchers and activists who, through their research and/or production work, have made significant contributions to the study and practice of democratic communication.” Phillips will receive the award “in honor of his life time contributions to the critical study of the media and his actions supporting democratic communications.”
The award will be presented at the UDC conference in May at Buffalo State University. Details for attending are available here.
Please don’t think that we’re censoring our feelings on this award if all we have to say to this is a very loud: Peter, congratulations!