Saturday, Oct 22nd

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Journalism & Media US drops to 47th place in International Press Freedom rankings

US drops to 47th place in International Press Freedom rankings

E-mail Print PDF

Reporters without bordersReporters Without Borders has named “crackdown” the word of 2011 in an assessment of global media freedom during a year in which journalists covering sweeping protests were tested as never before.

The Paris-based press freedom watchdog said Wednesday that the wave of uprisings in the Middle East, the Occupy movement in the West and continued protests in China gave journalists an unprecedented role in advancing democracy. But they also were often targeted by governments trying to quash dissent.

“Never has freedom of information been so closely associated with democracy. Never have journalists, through their reporting, vexed the enemies of freedom so much,” the group said in a statement accompanying its report.

But the important role journalists played put them in the cross hairs of repressive regimes, the report said, adding: “Never have acts of censorship and physical attacks on journalists seemed so numerous.”

The heightened unrest resulted in a significant shake-up of the group’s annual Press Freedom Index, which assesses governments’ commitment to protecting media freedoms. The United States, for instance, fell 27 places to 47 because of arrests of journalists during Occupy Wall Street protests.


Most Recent Related Stories...

New York Times refuses Trump lawyers' demand to retract story about two of his accusers

NY TimesThe New York Times Thursday refused a request from lawyers for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump...

Photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans Killed by ISIS Sniper

photo-journalist killed in LibyaJeroen Oerlemans, a Dutch photojournalist, was killed Sunday when he took fire from an ISIS sniper...

Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC for “negative option billing” practices

ComcastThe FCC announced a $2.3 million fine against Comcast on Tuesday after confirming that the company...

Lawyer says 3 Egyptian Journalists arrested were tortured

Egyptian lawyersThe lawyer for three Egyptian journalists who were arrested while conducting street interviews says they were...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!