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Reporters Without Borders publishes World Press Freedom Index [pdf version]


Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it. Freedom of information is too often sacrificed to an overly broad and abusive interpretation of national security needs, marking a disturbing retreat from democratic practices. Investigative journalism often suffers as a result. This has been the case in the United States (46th), which fell 13 places, one of the most significant declines, amid increased efforts to track down whistleblowers and the sources of leaks.

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Erdogan muss Pressefreiheit respektieren (ReporterOG)

The "war on terror" is also being exploited by governments that are quick to treat journalists as "threats to national security." Dozens of journalists have been jailed on this pretext in Turkey (154th), especially for covering the Kurdish issue. In Morocco, unchanged in 136th position, the authorities readily confused journalism with terrorism since the case of online newspaper editor Ali Anouzla. In Israel (96th, +17), freedom of information is often sacrificed to purported security requirements.

by Oui on Thu Aug 7th, 2014 at 03:46:26 AM EST

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