America's Press Freedom Ranking: 46th

We drop 13 spots thanks to Manning, Snowden
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2014 12:52 PM CST
Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Reporters Without Borders has released its annual World Press Freedom Index, and the US suffered "one of the most significant declines" in 2013, the group says. Thanks to the conviction of WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning and the pursuit of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, among other things, the US dropped 13 places to No. 46 out of 180 countries, AFP reports. That puts us between Romania and Haiti. The top three countries were the same as the year prior: Finland, the Netherlands, and Norway. The worst countries? From the bottom up: Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan, and Syria. See the full index here. (Read more press freedom stories.)

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