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July 4, 2000


Paratuberculosis and Crohn's Disease voted as one of top 25 censored news stories of 1999

The possibility that a bacterium that causes a fatal wasting disease in dairy and beef cattle, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), may cause Crohn's disease, a chronic and severely debilitating illness in humans, has been voted one of the 25 most important censored stories of the year 1999.

In April of 2000, Project Censored published its annual compilation of the prior year's top 25 censored stories. This year's book entitled "Censored 2000" recognizes the work of journalist Lisa Chamberlain, Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland Free Times.

Ms. Chamberlain's article, entitled The Crohn's Connection, was the first and only article published on a nationwide basis in the U.S. which attempted to draw the public's attention to the fact that MAP may be transmitted to humans through contaminated milk/dairy products, beef and water supplies.

In an editorial published by Cleveland Free Times entitled Media and Censorship, Ms. Chamberlain states: "The dairy lobby is notoriously powerful inside the Washington D.C. beltway. And a tax on dairy farmers helps the dairy industry spread its advertising dollars around generously (most notably the 'got milk?' ad campaign), to the point where the wholesomeness of milk goes virtually unquestioned in the media. How else can it be explained that the possible link between a bacterium in milk and Crohn's disease is virtually unknown in the United States, despite front-page coverage in England and other places around the world?"

Project Censored is often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of alternative journalism. Project Censored is a 24-year-old program at California's Sonoma State University. Its principal objective is the advocacy for and protection of First Amendment rights and freedom of information in the U.S., identifying and researching important news stories that are under-reported, ignored, misrepresented, or censored by media corporations in the U.S. For more information about Project Censored, visit their website at http://www.projectcensored.orgExternal link indicator


The Crohn's Connection --News article from the Cleveland (Ohio) Free Times of June 17, 1999

Media and Censorship --Editorial from the Cleveland (Ohio) Free Times of April 12-18, 2000.

http://www.projectcensored.orgExternal link indicator --Website of Project Censored

For further information contact

ContactKaren Meyer and Cheryl Miller
Co-Executive Directors, Paratuberculosis Awareness and Research Association, Inc.
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Paratuberculosis Awareness and Research Association, Inc.

is a non-profit organization of Crohn's disease patients, their families and friends who are dedicated to the following goals:
  1. To raise awareness of the zoonotic (disease-causing) potential of the bacterium, MAP, in the national community of sufferers of Crohn's disease, in medical, veterinary and food science research communities, in governmental agencies and in the public in general
  2. To urge governmental agencies to directly address control and eventual eradication of MAP from the human environment, particularly from foods of animal origin
  3. To urge governmental and medical research agencies to make funding available for research which will determine the role played by MAP in causing Crohn's disease

Paratuberculosis Awareness and Research Association, Inc.
Box 16219
Temple Terrace, FL 33687-6219

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