Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Press Freedom Index: US Falls

Most Americans take pride in the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press:  "Congress shall make no law . . .  abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press."  

However, Reporters Without Borders has ranked the United States 47th in its Press Freedom Index issued today. This is below nations such as Canada (10), Australia (30), and the UK (28), as well as Spain (39), Slovenia (36), El Salvador (37), Niger (29), and Czech Republic (14).

 

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The US is generally placed much higher on the index. According to the report, the US "owed its fall of 27 places to the many arrests of journalist covering Occupy Wall Street protests."  Here's one example.

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