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“U.S. Plummets In Global Press Freedom Rankings”
“According to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013.
After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance, the United States plunged 13 spots in the groups global press freedom rankings to number 46.
Reporters Without Borders writes that the U.S. faced one of the most significant declines in the world last year. Even the United Kingdom, whose sustained campaign to criminalize the Guardians reporters and intimidate journalists has made headlines around the world, dropped only three spots, to number 33. The U.S. fell as many spots as Paraguay, where the pressure on journalists to censor themselves keeps on mounting, quoting Josh Stearns, Press Freedom Campaign Director at Free Press in the Huffington Post.