U.S. Slides 13 Spots On Press Freedom Index

 

 

 

” If it wasn’t enough to see the United States slide in four rankings of economic freedom, Internet liberty, and government transparency last year, the Land of the Brave and Home of the Free (except where prohibited by law) is off to a swell start in 2014 by slipping 13 places on the World Press Freedom Index. Compiled by Reporters Without Borders, the Index keeps a running tally of governments’ respect for journalistic freedoms on matters ranging from legislative restrictions to outright whacking of reporters. The U.S. has taken a hit largely from the post-9/11 insistence on fetishizing claims of “national security” (Rep. Mike Rogers now wants to criminalize the publication of sensitive information like that released by Edward Snowden) and from the Obama administration’s crusade against whistleblowers.

  As the Index puts it:

  Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it. Freedom of information is too often sacrificed to an overly broad and abusive interpretation of national security needs, marking a disturbing retreat from democratic practices. Investigative journalism often suffers as a result.”

 

US 46th In Press Freedom

 

  46Th ? Can you f—ing believe that ? The US ranks behind such bastions of freedom and liberty as , Romania , South Africa , El Salvador , Ghana , Uruguay , Namibia and Estonia . Now that’s “Change You Can Believe In” .

JD Tuccille at Reason reports