Friday, October 24, 2008

We're Number... Uh, 36? WHAT?

Yes, America, Land of the not so free and the home of the brave.

U.S. ranks 36th on press freedom list.»

Reporters Without Borders today released its annual Press Freedom Index. Despite purporting “to be a beacon for the rest of the world” for human rights protections and freedom of thought, the U.S. has been ranked 36 out of 173 countries — a spot also shared by Bosnia and Herzegovina. Iceland ranked number one in press freedom, with Ghana, Slovenia, Trinidad and Tobago, Surinam, and Jamaica also ranking higher than the U.S. The report singled out “wars carried out in the name of the fight against terrorism” as a cause for the steep decline in press freedoms around the world.

Article found at Think Progress.
I pasted the whole thing as it is not real long.

A great deal of our media leaves much to be desired but there are thousands of hard working journalists out there who would love to break a big story but cannot because the Bush administration has been one of the most secretive in the history of this country and uses access like a weapon.

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