||For 27 years, Project Censored, a research program out of Northern California's Sonoma
State University, has been shining a light on the shortcomings of the major news media by
selecting the most important under-covered news stories of the year. This year's top 25
stories have been published in the Censored 2004 yearbook from Seven Stories Press. "We
define censorship as any interference with the free flow of information in American society,"
says Project Censored founder Peter Phillips. "Corporate media in the United States is
interested primarily in entertainment news to feed their bottom-line priorities. Very important
news stories that should reach the American public often fall on the cutting room floor to be
replaced by sex-scandals and celebrity updates."