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David G
04-20-2016, 09:21 PM
http://rsf.org/en/ranking


Finland #1

Canada #18

S.V. Airlie
04-20-2016, 09:23 PM
Usa #41

Stiletto
04-20-2016, 09:46 PM
Interesting that the top five all have more socialistic governments than the USA.

David G
04-20-2016, 10:34 PM
Freedom ends where national security begins






US media freedom, enshrined in the First Amendment to the 1787 constitution, has encountered a major obstacle – the government’s war on whistleblowers who leak information about its surveillance activities, spying and foreign operations, especially those linked to counter-terrorism. Furthermore, US journalists are still not protected by a federal “shield law” guaranteeing their right not to reveal their sources and other confidential work-related information.

And... let us not forget the dramatic level of media concentration in to the hands of fewer and fewer large media conglomerates.

Too Little Time
04-21-2016, 09:49 AM
Caption below the graphic on the link.

Don't wait to be deprived of news before defending it!
I have noticed that many people have a completely different internet than I do. I guess the "freedom of the press" rankings support that.

S.V. Airlie
04-21-2016, 09:51 AM
Is it the Intranet?

Dave Wright
04-21-2016, 10:39 AM
A simple paragraph of explanation along with the list would be helpful, I would have thought reporters would clearly know and understand this. Is "freedom" based on amount of government/ official suppression, private vigilante suppression, or some combination of the two? Is the severity of sanctions factored into the ratings. I'd like to know these things without digging.

TomF
04-21-2016, 10:47 AM
Interesting. The blurb on Canada notes that despite freedom of the press guaranteed in our Constitution, that the rating reflects troubles reporters experienced in particular in getting Right to Information requests addressed adequately by the former Harper government. They note that while Trudeau has talked a good line about changing this towards more transparency, it's too soon to tell if he'll follow through.

Accurate. I've been on the other end of some right to information request processes over the years, and am aware how some lines are periodically bent or crossed depending on the preferences and sensitivities of the elected leaders of the day. We're not as transparent as Finland likely is.

David G
04-21-2016, 11:08 AM
A simple paragraph of explanation along with the list would be helpful, I would have thought reporters would clearly know and understand this. Is "freedom" based on amount of government/ official suppression, private vigilante suppression, or some combination of the two? Is the severity of sanctions factored into the ratings. I'd like to know these things without digging.

Provided. I cited the blurb for the U.S. in my #4. Or were you looking for something else?

Dave Wright
04-21-2016, 12:46 PM
Provided. I cited the blurb for the U.S. in my #4. Or were you looking for something else?

Thanks. I'm sure I missed something. I simply wanted to read the title, then have a quick overview of the ranking criteria immediately below it. Then, perhaps a few words as to why it was done. I didn't have time to click on countries if that's what is required to find out more. I'll look when I have time. It seems like it would be a problem wrought process to produce these rankings.