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‘Problematic’ Media Climate in United States Leads to Drop in Press Freedom Ranking

On the heels of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest in Britain and subsequent indictment across the pond, the free press took another hit Thursday when an international press advocacy group classified America’s media climate as “problematic” in its latest worldwide report.

U.S. Falls in Annual Press Freedom Ranking — Again

The United States, where the free press is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution, was ranked 48th, behind such countries as Romania, Chile and Tonga. Norway topped the list for the third consecutive year, while Finland and Sweden rounded out the top three.

Photo Credit: Reporters Without Borders 2019 Press Freedom Index

The Trump Effect

Although the group acknowledged that the threats to the press go “beyond Trump,” the president shares responsibility for the virulent anti-media rhetoric ricocheting across the country, the report notes.

Free Press Continues to Be Challenged

Rhetoric and abusive presidential barbs or tweets don’t tell the whole story.

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