US Now Ranks Just Above Haiti In Press Freedom


The United States has fallen 13 slots to number 46 in the world according to the latest global survey of press freedom.

The Obama administration’s handling of whistleblower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaks and the investigation of a string of leaks produced a plunge in the country’s rating on press freedoms and government openness, according to a global survey released Tuesday.

The U.S. under President Obama, who once promised to run the “most transparent” administration in the country’s history, fell from 32nd to 46th in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, a drop of 13 slots. The index, compiled by the press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders, analyzes 180 countries on criteria such as official abuse, media independence and infrastructure to determine how free journalists are to report. (Read More)

The report blames the US slide in the rankings on Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, the trial of Bradley Chelsea Manning over the leak of classified documents to Wikileaks, and the government snooping on the Associated Press and other media outlets.

But hey, we’re still above Haiti, if that counts for anything.

Of the 180 countries ranked, the home of the First Amendment now sits snuggled between Romania and Haiti.

I wonder how many members of the mainstream media in the US even care.

Update: Linked by Fire Andrea Mitchell – thanks!