The news that didn’t make the news — and why
Presenting the year’s most significant independent journalism — including reports on wage theft, fossil fuel subsidies, and dark money – State of the Free Press 2023 highlights issues and voices marginalized by the corporate press. State of the Free Press 2023 casts a wary eye on the billionaire tycoons who own more and more of the nation’s most prominent news outlets, the digital tech titans who increasingly control the flow of information and the terms of public debate, and government agencies that aspire to “govern disinformation” in the name of national security. The volume’s diverse contributors advocate for press freedom and critical media literacy as means to hold power accountable and to promote a more just and inclusive society. Balancing critical analysis with optimistic vision, State of the Free Press 2023 shows how to distinguish trustworthy journalism from slanted news and clickbait infotainment.
As the United States grapples with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s living legacy of systemic inequalities, and partisan threats to the foundations of democracy, the integrity of news—the focus of Project’s Censored’s work and this book—has never been more important.
“At a time when journalism is under fire, State of the Free Press 2023 reminds us of its power and inspires us to take action to preserve our free press.”
—John Biewen, host and producer of Scene on Radio
Abby Martin: Foreword to “Guilty of Journalism”