Link: Reporters sans fronti√®res – Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index – 2006.
Go us. We’ve managed to fall to 53rd place in the world in our ability to ensure freedom of the press!
The United States (53rd) has fallen nine places since last year, after being in 17th position in the first year of the Index, in 2002. Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of ‚Äúnational security‚Äù to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his ‚Äúwar on terrorism.‚Äù The zeal of federal courts which, unlike those in 33 US states, refuse to recognize the media‚Äôs right not to reveal its sources, even threatens journalists whose investigations have no connection at all with terrorism.
I am really surprised that this has not gotten any comments… When people are apathetic about their freedom and allow them to be eroded in the name of “protection from all that is evil” and “Evildoers”, we start down the slippery slope. While I agree that we do not have anyone with the evil intentions of Hitler as we knew him at his end, the German people allowed his rise to power in small steps.
Wake up readers of this Blog… This just might be subversive!