The global state of press freedom

It’s not very good, according to the latest assessment from Reporters without Borders. Here are the details, from the Paris-based advocacy group’s latest report. (What does it mean when there is more press freedom in Germany than in America?)

Here is the big picture:

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2 responses to “The global state of press freedom

  1. Ah, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity…
    A piece I wrote today which talks about how America was afforded free speech!
    http://www.hankeringforhistory.com/2013/01/30/the-trial-of-john-peter-zenger/

  2. profdaly

    Thanks for writing and linking. I agree that the Zenger case was an important milestone toward press freedom, although — as I argue in “Covering America” — the impact was almost entirely political rather than legal. The verdict of the Zenger jury was not binding on any other English court (and in fact was wrong under English law), but it send a powerful message to the other colonial govenors: Don’t mess with printers!

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