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U.S. press freedom plunges to 46th, placing it behind former Soviet states

Click to expand map to full size. In one of the largest drops in the modern era, the United States has plunged thirteen places in the World Press Freedom Index, placing it behind former Soviet states and other countries not typically known for press freedoms. The massive drop is attributable…

Reporters Without Borders give dictators the finger

In honor of Friday’s World Press Freedom Day, the non-governmental organization Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) launched a campaign depicting world-famous dictators giving everyone the finger, or the international equivalent thereof. Agence France Press interviewed the group’s leader, Christophe Deloire, who said that that they want to show how…

U.S. ranked 32nd in press freedom index

Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday launched a new indicator measuring global press freedom by aggregating the scores of its annual index, from perennial table-topping Finland to worst offenders Eritrea. “In view of the emergence of new technologies and the interdependence of governments and peoples, the freedom to produce and circulate…

Protest targets U.S. cyber intelligence legislation known as CISPA

SAN FRANCISCO — Civil liberties groups on Monday launched protests targeting proposed US cyber intelligence law that they fear would let police freely dip into people’s private online information. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Reporters Without Borders were among organizations that signaled the start of a week of Internet…

Rash of ‘Occupy’ arrests tank America’s annual press freedom score

In the wide world of reporting, the nation of Finland is the very best place to be a journalist — or Norway (they’re tied for first). But in the United States, press freedoms are gradually sinking into the mire, and with them, so too goes the nation’s placement on the…

Iraqi parliament approves journalists’ rights law

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi parliament on Tuesday approved a law aimed at strengthening journalists’ rights in a country that tops the list of unsolved killings of members of the media. The law “aims to promote the rights of journalists and protect them in the Republic of Iraq,” according to the…

Iraqi security forces harassing media: watchdog

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces are harassing journalists, especially television crews, media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Thursday, calling for such actions to stop. “Reporters Without Borders is concerned about repeated harassment of media personnel, especial TV crews, by the Iraqi security forces,” a statement said. “Physical…

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders targeted in check scam

WASHINGTON — Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has uncovered a check-cashing scam in which fake checks in the media rights group’s name were sent to individuals around the United States. Clothilde Le Coz, US director for RSF, was alerted to the scheme last month by a call from a woman in…

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