Project Censored is a non-profit, sociological project of an investigative nature within the Sonoma State University Foundation in the US state of California, which specializes in covering the top news stories which were either ignored or downplayed by the mainstream media each year.

Project Censored was founded in 1976 by Dr. Carl Jensen, Emeritus Professor on Communications Studies at the Sonoma State University. He retired in 1996 and since then the project has been directed by Dr. Peter Phillips, a Sociology professor at the same university.

According to Granma news daily, hundreds of stories are sent annually to Project Censored. These stories are revised by students and professors who, depending on their importance, include them in an annual trade paperback review of the "Top 25 Censored Stories of the Year."

On this occasion, one of the cases that caught the attention of Project Censored was that of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez, internationally known as the Cuban Five, who were detained in 1998 for having infiltrating right-wing anti-Cuba organization based in Florida, which have organized numerous terrorist actions against the island over the last 45 years causing death and huge material damage.

A chapter written by Jeffrey Huling, a student at Sonoma, and entitled "Prejudice of corporative media in the case of the Cuban Five" has been included in the 2008 edition of the book.

"While I was studying the case, I felt deeply frustrated by witnessing the weakness of justice in front of political corruption," he said.

Project Censored 2008 is translated into several languages including Spanish, Italian and Arab. In the United States, nearly 20,000 copies are published every year. The website of Project Censored ( receives from 25.000 to 30.000 visits per day.

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La Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) es una división de la Agencia de Información Nacional (AIN) de Cuba fundada el 21 de mayo de 1974.

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