U.S. Press Freedom Rankings Plummet
January 30, 2012 4:40 PM Subscribe
“The United States [owes] its fall of 27 places [to 47th] to the many arrests of journalist covering Occupy Wall Street protests.”
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-Reporters Without Borders
Btw, Occupy Wall St. has begun heating up again for the spring
with 400 arrested
in Oakland yesterday
. And a blooming Occupy K Street
)“Crackdown was the word of the year in 2011. Never has freedom of information been so closely associated with democracy. Never have journalists, through their reporting, vexed the enemies of freedom so much. Never have acts of censorship and physical attacks on journalists seemed so numerous.”
There are various interesting observations throughout the report, such as Uganda's extreme crackdown, Chile losing 47 places over security forces assaults on student protests, and Brazil plunging 41 places due to attacks on journalists and bloggers. Africa saw the biggest falls overall, but a few African nations gained ground. Niger rose a spectacular 75 places.
As an aside, Reporters Without Borders and WikiLeaks recently exposed NASDAQ
for shutting down the U.S. based Chinese language TV network NTD TV
upon the request of Chinese State Security. RSF
also found that the French satellite broadcaster Eutelsat shut down NTD TV's broadcast on China's behalf.