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U.S. Drops to 49th in World Press Freedom Rankings


by Moreh B.D.K. and Abu Hussein | CounterCurrentNews

Every year, the group Reporters Without Borders puts out a global ranking of nations that is based on the how well countries protect or infringe upon the freedom of the press. This year, the ranking for the United States was a dismal 49th.

That’s pretty bad for a country that lauds itself as “the greatest nation in the world” and the international champion of freedom.

This happens to be the absolute lowest ranking the United States has ever received since President Obama took office, and the second-lowest ranking since the group began tracking this in 2002. The only other year that was worse for the United States was in 2006, under then-president Bush, when the U.S. ranked at 53rd.

That may surprise some, but James Goodale, the General Counsel for the New York Times said that “President Obama wants to criminalize the reporting of national security information.” He added that, “President Obama will surely pass President Richard Nixon as the worst president ever on issues of national security and press freedom.”

Some of the nations that are immediately ahead of the United States are Malta, Niger, Burkino Faso, El Salvador, Tonga, Chile and Botswana. U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia were ranked even worse at 164th. Israel? Try 101st.

The group cited incidents like “in the West Bank, the Israeli security forces deliberately fired rubber bullets and teargas at Palestinian journalists.”

So much for Israel being the beacon of freedom and democracy in the Middle East. But admittedly, they are doing slightly better than U.S. allies like Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arabic Emirates which ranked at 164th, 163rd, 158th and 120th, respectively.

(Article by Moreh B.D.K. and Abu Hussein)

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