The price of a free press and what hinders it.

Days after Freedom House released a report stating that:

[G]lobal press freedom [has declined] for a seventh straight year… deterioration occurring for the first time in every region… The rollback was not confined to traditionally authoritarian states; with Israel, Italy and Hong Kong slipping from the study’s Free category to Partly Free status….

Out of the 195 countries and territories covered in the study, 70 (36 percent) are rated Free, 61 (31 percent) are rated Partly Free and 64 (33 percent) are rated Not Free. This represents a modest decline from the 2008 survey in which 72 countries and territories were Free, 59 Partly Free and 64 Not Free. The new survey found that only 17 percent of the world’s population lives in countries that enjoy a Free press….

The world’s worst-rated countries continue to include Burma, Cuba, Eritrea, Libya, North Korea and Turkmenistan. The study found that the level of media freedom in these countries remained stagnant in 2008, despite hope that the internet and new media might provide openings in the media environment.

The world somewhat celebrates World Press Freedom Day. Press TV had a discussion focusing on the restrictions of the press, particularly in “conflict zones” during war. No surprise that lies are used to create war and war is used to create lies.

Press TV – 4 Corners: “World Press Freedom Day” – 3 May 09 (8:58):

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