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US Fails Transparency Test

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posted on Nov, 16 2006 @ 11:16 AM
The US has dropped 36 places in the lasr 4 years on the yearly rankings of freedom of the press. The rankings are published each year by Reporters Without Borders. This article reports on 3 reporters/photgraphers who have been jailed by US authorities. One of whom is being held in Guatanamo. Also the fact that several states are not recognizing 'sheild laws' any more contributed to the US decline in the rankings.
The United States (53rd) has fallen nine places since last year, after being in 17th position in the first year of the Index, in 2002. Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of “national security” to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his “war on terrorism.” The zeal of federal courts which, unlike those in 33 US states, refuse to recognize the media’s right not to reveal its sources, even threatens journalists whose investigations have no connection at all with terrorism.
Freelance journalist and blogger Josh Wolf was imprisoned when he refused to hand over his video archives. Sudanese cameraman Sami al-Haj, who works for the pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera, has been held without trial since June 2002 at the US military base at Guantanamo, and Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein has been held by US authorities in Iraq since April this year.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Thats freedom of the press for you. How does one preach individual freedom and government transparency when one does not practice it at home. There's a word for that, it's called hypocracy. It's nice to see that we have not been under the influence of a delusion. American is becoming a more repressive nation.

What next? It's time to repeal the Patriot Act which is anything but Patriotic. Restore civil rights. Clean up political corruption. Send out the alarm that if we don't want to become a fascist state we need to wake up now.

We are not safer under a repressive regime. We are not better off under a corpororatocracy. Unless you own an oil well the future looks pretty dark.

posted on Nov, 16 2006 @ 01:51 PM
Wait until next year, the US will lose another 36 places. This will continue until the corporations are no more leading this country.

posted on Nov, 16 2006 @ 01:52 PM
Rupert Murdoch is the Americans best friend at the moment.
How do you think FOX Gets away with it?
Fox is the 20th century version of the 1930's German propoganda machine.
Just look at the numbers of PRO iraq war people on the show prior to march 03.

It is outrageous...

I thank the world for ATSNN, its the peoples new.
The people submit the news they feel is fair and balanced.. and you always get the side of the story that lets you make your mind up with the facts.

Go grab a dvd called 'outfoxed'

that will open your eyes to the maniuplation of the media.

And then Rupert Murdoch has the balls to come onto australian TV, and say we need to like and stand with America, and it is wrong for us to be critical of them for 1 policy.

1 policy?

Its a little more when that 1 policy means war, occupation, death, destruction, ruining a country and depleting a economy.

Sorry Rupert, maybe you should stop chasing the money towards America government, and start chasing your ethics again!

[edit on 16-11-2006 by Agit8dChop]

posted on Nov, 16 2006 @ 02:56 PM
Thats the most unsurprising bit of news ive heard this year, im surprised ur even in the top 50. That gos with your elections as well, do the U.N monitor ur elections like they do with everyone else?

posted on Nov, 16 2006 @ 03:22 PM
Not like I care about some meaningless and objective rating but I hope we drop another 36 places. At least we are setting an example that being a reporter does not give you the right to release or obtain classified information and that it does not make you immune from criminal procession.

posted on Nov, 16 2006 @ 03:25 PM

Originally posted by Agit8dChop

Sorry Rupert, maybe you should stop chasing the money towards America government, and start chasing your ethics again!

That comment steps over the line into libel, imo.

By all reputable accounts, Rupert Murdoch has NEVER chased after ethics.

posted on Nov, 16 2006 @ 09:14 PM
Do you think the Pentagon Papers had any thing to do with ending the Vietnam conflict? Is it possible that when you go to war under false pretences that the people have the right to know? Should our government be selling weapons to people who may later become our enemy? Should our politicians have any more or less rights than common people? When papers are doing their job people are informed. When you don't have freedom of the press it called totalitarianism. Apparently some people in this administration have felt the need to release certain documents to the public. This is especially important when something is done in the name of the US and we the people will be held accountable for it. The press gave Bush a 5 year honeymoon but he meet his match in Katrina.


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