Is This the Best We Can Do?


So check out this jolly little map. It shows press freedom levels for the year 2014.

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For those who are not up on your geography, the United States is shown as having a “satisfactory situation”. That means the press here is pretty much free to report on whatever they’d like, and do so safely. That sounds good until you notice all those countries in white. Those countries have a stronger, freer press than we do.

Yes, countries like Poland, Germany, Canada, the Nordics, and even fucking Namibia have a better press freedom situation than the United States does. “Satisfactory situation” my ass. Let’s step it up, America. We’re 46th in the world for press freedom. We can and should do better. A lot better. 45 places better, to be exact.

Those who are curious can read the full report here.

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3 Responses to “Is This the Best We Can Do?”

  1. PiedType Says:

    I don’t know which is sadder, our relatively low standing or the fact that so much of the world ranks even lower.


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