The Most Censored Stories of the Year

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Each year, Project Censored publishes its annual survey of independent journalism, State of the Free Press, consisting of stories that corporate news media failed to cover or badly misrepresented.

Project Censored, whose mission is to “expose and oppose news censorship and … promote independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking,” has just released State of the Free Press 2024. This latest compendium of the top 25 most-censored stories of the year focuses on topics such as climate change, criminal justice, abortion, and more.

Andy Lee Roth, associate director of Project Censored and co-editor of 14 editions of the Project’s yearbook, spoke with YES! Racial Justice Editor Sonali Kolhatkar on YES Presents: Rising Up With Sonali about State of the Free Press 2024.

SONALI KOLHATKAR is currently the racial justice editor at YES! Media and a writing fellow with Independent Media Institute. She was previously a weekly columnist for She is also the host and creator of Rising Up with Sonali, a nationally syndicated television and radio program airing on Free Speech TV and dozens of independent and community radio stations. Sonali won First Place at the Los Angeles Press Club Annual Awards for Best Election Commentary in 2016. She also won numerous awards including Best TV Anchor from the LA Press Club and has also been nominated as Best Radio Anchor 4 years in a row. She is the author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence, and the co-director of the nonprofit group, Afghan Women’s Mission. Her forthcoming book is Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice (City Lights, 2023). She can be reached at

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