Monday, November 06, 2006

The Collapse Of The Free Press

From an article by Paul K. McMasters of the First Amendment Center:
The latest survey of global press freedoms, released last week by Reporters Without Borders, shows the United States falling another nine places since the previous year to 53rd, tying with Botswana, Croatia and Tonga. Cited as part of the reason for the steady decline in the rankings was the sharp tension between the Bush administration and the press that has developed since 9/11 and the federal courts’ refusal to recognize a reporter’s right to protect confidential sources.
Botswana and Croatia? That doesnt bode well for us. And where is Tonga? I havent even heard of them before.