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Freedom of the Press Worldwide in 2014: MAP


A new map (click to enlarge, or look here) from Reporters Without Borders, via Slate:

The map, based on Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom rankings for 180 countries, shows home of the current Winter Olympics Russia in bright red, indicating a “difficult situation” for journalists and bloggers there. Russia, ranked 148th, shuts down seditious websites, bans so-called homosexual propaganda, prohibits religiously offensive expression, and heavily controls national TV stations, Russians’ main source of news.

The U.S. shows a “satisfactory situation,” but it has dropped 14 ranks since last year’s report and now sits at the 46th spot. This decline, according to the report, is due to the Obama administration’s hostility toward whistleblowers and leakers and the conviction of Chelsea Manning for releasing a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks in 2010

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  1. Wow. My country, Canada, is one of the best!

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 20, 2014 1:49:24 PM

  2. @GIGI kinda. Canada should be yellow too. There isn't an active campaign to silence the other side. The fact is, that the government is just silent in general. It uses our indifference to let things go by unnoticed.

    Posted by: Tonez | Feb 20, 2014 2:24:37 PM

  3. interesting to note that the "white" countries are all heavily socialist.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 20, 2014 2:25:21 PM

  4. heavily socialist? are you nuts Mikey? lol. that's laughable. Clearly Canada is the leader of the "FREE" world. Italy is far more socialist than Canada ever will be, so is France. The countries in white have a social concience and live in complete freedom.

    Posted by: northoftheborderguy | Feb 20, 2014 2:36:16 PM

  5. Canada is not remotely socialist - get real. And the US has every right to prosecute traitors.

    Posted by: ron | Feb 20, 2014 2:56:20 PM

  6. It's interesting to me that the White and Yellow countries are some of the most desired places in the world to travel, visit and live. These countries also generally respect human rights while the Red and BLACK countries are some of the least desired areas of the world and continue to be regressive in regards to BASIC human dignity and rights.
    Bravo to Canada. Know wonder Canadians and Australians are so open minded and HOT they live in free countries without the media or religion CONTROLLING their every move.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Feb 20, 2014 2:58:44 PM

  7. I suspect the people who did this map know very little about Canada.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 20, 2014 3:04:08 PM

  8. @Randy

    "I suspect the people who did this map know very little about Canada."

    That's natural for non-Canadians. Maybe that's why they generally like Canada.

    Posted by: AG | Feb 20, 2014 3:09:14 PM

  9. Why am I not surprised that the "the land of the free" only ranks 46th?

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Feb 20, 2014 3:13:18 PM

  10. I refuse to believe that the press is more free in Namibia than in Spain.

    Posted by: lukebrux | Feb 20, 2014 3:22:15 PM

  11. In Canada the press is free to print all sorts of stuff about the government, it's the government (under Emperor Harper) that isn't free to speak.

    Posted by: Knock | Feb 20, 2014 4:22:00 PM

  12. It's apparent that a lot of commentators here know next to nothing about Canada.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 20, 2014 4:31:45 PM

  13. Have you noticed the Good-Bad gradation of these nations also happens to follow the Liberal-Conservative scale, as well?

    Funny that.

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 20, 2014 4:42:19 PM

  14. There's nothing free in Canada, damn banks even charge you a nickel to use a pen to sign a cheque with. ( Well, they would if they thought they'd get away it with :} )

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Feb 20, 2014 4:43:00 PM

  15. Reporters w/o Borders (RSF) is very closely linked to the US and it's foreign policy, ie they are shills.


    "Organizations such as RSF and Freedom House are supposed to be impartial arbiters of press freedom around the world and are rarely subject to scrutiny. Yet both have taken funding from the U.S. government and/or U.S.-government supported organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy (which was set up to conduct activities “much of [which]” the “CIA used to fund covertly,” as the Washington Post reported at the time, and which also provided funding and training to organizations involved in the afore-mentioned 2002 Venezuelan coup) and other “democracy promotion” groups."

    They work very hard to pretend they are not. Including categorizing the US as Yellow not White (it's Orange at best). DOJ hacking reporters' phones. Ask a few US whistle blowers how the US deals with freedom of the press.

    Posted by: GreatLakeSailor | Feb 20, 2014 6:28:56 PM

  16. @ MIKEY :
    " heavily socialist"......ha ha ha.

    At least you gave me a laugh.
    Are you one of those paranoid Americans who get the vapours every time you hear about 'socialism' ?
    In Europe it's not called 'socialism' ;it's called 'the common good'.
    But you may not have heard of that.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 20, 2014 6:53:29 PM

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