fredag 13 februari 2015

USA:s Pressfrihet sämre än i Niger, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Tonga, Chile, Botswana: RUG rapport

Det låter kanske som en konspirationsteori men Reportrar Utan Gränser (RUG) rapporterar i sitt senaste pressfrihetsindex 2015, att demokratins ledstjärna USA under Obama numera har sämre pressfrihet än länder som; Niger, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Tonga, Chile, Andorra, Botswana, Samoa...
U.S. Drops to 49th in World Press Freedom Rankings
Source: The Intercept
Each year, Reporters Without Borders issues a worldwide ranking of nations based on the extent to which they protect or abridge press freedom. The group’s 2015 ranking was released this morning, and the United States is ranked 49th.

That is the lowest ranking ever during the Obama presidency, and the second-lowest ranking for the U.S. since the rankings began in 2002 (in 2006, under Bush, the U.S. was ranked 53rd). The countries immediately ahead of the U.S. are Malta, Niger, Burkino Faso, El Salvador, Tonga, Chile and Botswana.

Some of the U.S.’s closest allies fared even worse, including Saudi Arabia (164), Bahrain (163), Egypt (158), the UAE (120), and Israel (101: “In the West Bank, the Israeli security forces deliberately fired rubber bullets and teargas at Palestinian journalists”; 15 journalists were killed during Israeli attack on Gaza; and “the authorities also stepped up control of programme content on their own TV stations during the offensive, banning a spot made by the Israeli NGO B’Tselem that cited the names of 150 children who had been killed in the Gaza Strip”).

To explain the latest drop for the U.S., the press group cited the U.S. government’s persecution of New York Timesreporter Jim Risen, as well as the fact that the U.S. “continues its war on information in others, such as WikiLeaks.” Also cited were the numerous arrests of journalists covering the police protests in Ferguson, Missouri (which included The Intercept‘s Ryan Devereaux, who was tear-gassed and shot with a rubber bullet prior to his arrest).

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2015 World Press Freedom Index


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USA:s Pressfrihet sämre än i Niger, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Tonga, Chile, Botswana: RUG Rapport
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  1. U.S. Drops to 49th Place in World Press Freedom Index…Worst in 9 Years

    AllGov 2015-02-16

    For a country known for its constitutional guarantee of a free press, the United States finds itself ranked behind 48 other nations when it comes to supporting the work of independent news media.
    The latest World Press Freedom Index shows the U.S. ranked 49th in the world, according to Reporters without Borders, which created the index. It hasn’t been this low since 2006, when it dropped to 53rd. The U.S. ranking is usually between the twenties and forties on the index.
    The current ranking, based on 2014 events, was due to several factors, Reporters without Borders said. The “judicial harassment of New York Times investigative reporter James Risen in connection with the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged under the Espionage Act with giving him classified information” was one cause of the poor ranking. Another is the lack of a federal shield law to protect reporters from having to name their sources or reveal other confidential information about their work.[...]



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