FOURTH ESTATE FAIL

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Posted on 17th February 2014 by T4C in Economy |Politics |Social Issues |Technology

Congratulations to the POTUS. Under his tutelage the free-fall of The Fourth Estate from 33rd place to 46th place in a 180-country index, has been awarded to the USSA by Reporters Without Borders in its annual World Press Freedom Index. 
 
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What single dastardly deeds helped snag this coveted prize? 

1) A psychopathic quest to…come hell or high water…lasso  Ed Snowden.

2) Declaring Bradley Manning “guilty as charged” for sharing less-than-flattering info about the military.

3) Surreptitiously commandeering AP’s phone data.

RSF, the French acronym for Reporters Without Borders accurately points out: Mon Dieu!  “Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it.” Merde! 

https://news.yahoo.com/us-under-fire-global-press-freedom-report-233542924.html

 

Who flanks us?…Romania sucks…..we’re suckier….Haiti is the suckiest, and FYI: 

Olemme #1!! – Finland

Putin says “148th place?…meh….we have Snowden. :)

China down a notch @ 175th….eye roll….”What, me worry?…Whose got GOLD?!

Last place….Eritrea….??….uh, Horn of Africa, pop, 6 mill, land mass 45K square miles.  Whatever.

 

REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS

Established 1985 in Montpellier (France) by 4 journalists. It’s been a non-profit organization since 1995. The organization has developed into focusing on 2 specialized areas:  Internet Censorship and the New Media; financial, psychological, and material support for journalist tasked with covering hazardous,volatile, and dangerous areas.

 

MISSION

  • To continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide;
  • To denounce any such attacks in the media;
  • To act in cooperation with governments to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information;
  • To morally and financially assist persecuted journalists, as well as their families.
  • To offer material assistance to war correspondents in order to enhance their safety.

http://en.rsf.org/who-we-are-12-09-2012,32617.html

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX 2014

Methodology

Download pdf (450Kb)

Sources

Download the map

Download the index

http://rsf.org/index2014/en-index2014.php#

 

 
11 Comments
  1. Sensetti says:

    Soooo…… freedom of the press has violently deteriorated with the Dimocrats and Obongo at the helm. Who would have guessed that?

    17th February 2014 at 10:11 am

  2. Econman says:

    And it will change if Republicans win the next fraud election?

    17th February 2014 at 10:29 am

  3. Stucky says:

    RSF is actually the French acronym for Real Stupid Fuckers ……. in which case, USA Reports are truly Number One!!!

    17th February 2014 at 10:31 am

  4. Stucky says:

    USA Reporters ….. goddammit

    17th February 2014 at 10:32 am

  5. Zarathustra says:

    You can’t lay this solely on Generalissimo Oreo. When you combine a country dedicated to perpetual wars of aggression with a virtual ban on any war correspondence besides regurgitating Pentagon press releases, you are going to have a pretty lousy freedom index. This, of course is another legacy of the Vietnam war. The independent press back then turned the American people against that war and ultimately destroyed the war effort. That simply cannot stand!

    17th February 2014 at 10:45 am

  6. Stucky says:

    Don’t download the index … unless you can read French.

    These 23 countries received the highest rating of “Good”

    1) Finland
    2) Netherlands
    3) Norway
    4) Luxemburg
    5) Andorra
    6) Liechtenstein
    7) Denmark
    8) Iceland
    9) New Zealand
    10) Sweden
    11) Estonia
    12) Austria
    13) Czech Republic
    14) Germany
    15) Switzerland
    16) Ireland
    17) Jamaica
    18) Canada
    19) Poland
    20) Slovakia
    21) Costa Rica
    22) Namibia
    23) Belgium

    17th February 2014 at 10:52 am

  7. Stucky says:

    “Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press”
    —————————————————– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    “We lost our desire for Freedom”
    —————————————————– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    17th February 2014 at 11:13 am

  8. TeresaE says:

    Out of all the silly childrens’ songs, The Wheels on the Bus seems to be the one that is flitting about my head.

    Last night while watching TWD, there was a scene where I started hearing, “the zombies on the bus go munch, munch, munch; munch munch munch.

    Anyway, this reminds me that the Wheels on the Bus go flying off.

    Earworms can be brutal. Nowhere near what seems to be coming though.

    Print on, print on.

    17th February 2014 at 11:39 am

  9. AWD says:

    D’Souza makes a documentary about Obama, and is put in jail. A famous black neurosurgeon makes derogatory comments about Obama, and he and his entire family is audited and terrorized by the the IRS. Tea Party and conservatives are terrorized by the IRS. The attorney general lies before Congress, gives assault rifles to Mexican drug cartels, and is held in contempt, yet remains in office. Hillary, Kerry and Obama give millions to enemies of the USSA in Syria, committing treason, and not a peep out of the media.

    Obama is already a dictator, and controls the media, and uses the government against the people of this country to silence opposition. It’s fascism, pure and simple, and nobody seems to care, as long as Obama keeps shoveling free shit to the masses.

    A U.S. citizen in China:

    “I was walking along with one of our local government officials. He of course is a member of the communist party. He promotes business in our city and keeps up with foreign entrepreneurs. We were talking about developing my business in the city. I told him how surprised I was when I first came to China. Expecting to find communism I saw booming capitalism. He smiled and said that he had been to the U.S. many times and had observed one thing in particular. He said we are capitalists and you guys are socialists.

    I thanked him for his honest assessment saying how few of my friends in the states are able to see that. They are too busy believing all that the MSM tells them.

    For those of us who have been around for a while the irony of this conversation is off the charts. Its almost as ironic as an American finding asylum in Russia for exposing 1st and 4th amendment violations. “

    17th February 2014 at 12:01 pm

  10. Sensetti says:

    Zarathustra says: You can’t lay this solely on Generalissimo Oreo.

    Really? it’s an annual report how the fuck could it be attributed to anyone else but Obama and his administration. Are you saying the 1/2 black née grow could not do anything different?

    17th February 2014 at 1:22 pm

  11. Sensetti says:

    2/17/14

    Z is correct about the perpetual state of war, here we go again

    US escalates Syrian intervention –

    Having failed to advance regime-change in Syria through two rounds of talks in Geneva, the Obama administration is stepping up its funding and arming of Islamist and mercenary militias fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. And once again, Washington is turning toward direct military intervention.
    http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2014/02/17/us-escalates-syrian-intervention#more22600

    Obama is getting the war drums out again. It’s just a matter of time till the skies over Syria and Iran start raining lead.

    17th February 2014 at 1:42 pm

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