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  •  I agree ... (8+ / 0-)

    If one looked only at direct government suppression, 32 is probably somewhere close to accurate.

    But we have a massive problem of corporate media control. That's hard to measure, so I'm betting it's not accounted for in the rankings.

    "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

    by nosleep4u on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 06:50:30 AM PST

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    •  Not only Corporate media control, but single digit (5+ / 0-)

      Corporate control. Maybe if there were competing corporations owning different news outlets, it would be different, but we have 1 corporation owning many News Outlets and our government suppression is nothing compared to Owner suppression.
      That used to be what the FCC stopped from happening.
      This makes me stop and think.
      Why are the taxpayers still paying for the FCC?
      That should be supported by the owners of the media so we quit getting screwed from both ends. Why should we pay salaries for those that serve nobody but the 1%.
      I think we should take a close look at government agencies that only exist to serve the 1% and throw them off the government teat. USDA? FAA? USAID? Anti-Trust Division, Arms Control and International Security, Broadcasting Board of Governors, Bureau of Consumer Finance and Protection, Bureau of International Labor Affairs and many others. I didn't make it through the 'B's'.
      I guess this is comment creep. Sorry

      "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

      by Cruzankenny on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 07:23:39 AM PST

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      •  This ranking is nonsense (0+ / 0-)

        Any "press freedom" ranking that puts Canada and the United Kingdom ahead of the United States is run by dilettantes who are unfamiliar with journalism on the ground in the USA. Both Canada and Britain have prior restraint laws and libel standards that are unimaginable in the US, which still has the First Amendment and a strong judicial preference for freedom of speech and the press.

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