US Drops in Press Freedom Over Occupy Arrests
Nation falls 27 places to 47th in world rankings
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2012 7:13 PM CST
NYPD officers arrest a photojournalist, bottom right, as they clear out Occupy Wall Street activists in a private park next to Duarte Square on November 15, 2011, in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Police reaction to the various Occupy protests around the nation have tarnished the US reputation for press freedom in the eyes of Reporters Without Borders. In the group's new world rankings, the US falls 27 spots to 47th, owing to the "many arrests of journalists covering Occupy Wall Street protests." See the full rankings here.

The Huffington Post provides a roundup of the rest, with dictatorships and crackdowns on the Arab Spring accounting for the worst offenders.

  • Worst: Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Syria, Iran, China, Bahrain, Vietnam, Yemen, and Sudan.
  • Best: Finland, Norway, Estonia, Netherlands, Austria, Iceland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Cape Verde, and Canada.

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InferiorToYou
Jan 26, 2012 8:03 AM CST
Interesting to see how many former Iron Curtain states now rank well above the USA.
finkster
Jan 25, 2012 10:14 PM CST
I don’t have to tell you things are bad Everybody knows things are bad It’s a depression Everybody’s out of work Or scared of losing their job The dollar buys a nickel’s worth Banks are going bust And Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter We know the air is unfit to breathe And our food is unfit to eat And all we say is just leave us alone Well…. I’m not going to leave you alone First, you’ve got to get mad And yell….I’m a human being God Damn it!! My life has value So, I want you to get up now I want all of you to get up out of your chairs I want you to go to the window Open it….and stick your head out and yell I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!!! Network
Tis_I
Jan 25, 2012 10:05 PM CST
So much for The Fourth Estate!