The 2014 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index places the U.S. at 46th out of 180 nations.
Conor Friedersdorf: “Countries that scored better include Romania, South Africa, Ghana, Cyprus, and Botswana. And 40 others. Put simply, it’s an embarrassing result for the country that conceived the First Amendment almost 240 years ago.”
The report: “The heritage of the 1776 constitution was shaken to its foundations during George W. Bush’s two terms as president by the way journalists were harassed and even imprisoned for refusing to reveal their sources or surrender their files to federal judicial officials. There has been little improvement in practice under Barack Obama.”
Friedersdorf: “Take it from Lee Greenwood. ‘I’m proud to be an American because at least I know I’m freer than 47th-ranked Haiti’ just doesn’t have the same exceptionalist ring to it.”