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Project Censored stories aren't really "censored."

These stories never broke into the mainstream press so what good are they, anyway?

OK, the whole blindfold-and-gag bit is just tired.

The honeymoon's certainly over for Project Censored (projectcensored.org), the annual student-powered Sonoma State University project that began 31 years ago.

Complaints like those above have grown in number and volume over the past few years, even in some corners of the alt press.

For their part, the 200-plus faculty, students and community members who work on the project at Sonoma State can maintain that in America today with fewer independent media outlets, and a sense of fear pervading government and much of public life their work is needed more than ever before.

For our part, we believe the package (cover story) is less than perfect. The critics have some points. But we also believe that especially in our city, so financially dependent on an increasingly secretive federal government and the companies sidled up next to it, it's worth our devoting a few pages to 10 of these disquieting, underreported stories.

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