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Freedom? is on the MARCH! ...well, not in Amerikkka
    #4222104 - 05/26/05 12:51 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

A recent study of the world's media ranked Cuba as the second most hostile to its press members.

Well, where does America rank? You would think with us being all about freedom, etc. that we would be number 1, right? Well, okay we're not. But we're in the top 5, right?

No.

Top ten?

No.

Top twenty?

No.

Top thirty?

No.

America the Free? is ranked thirty one

Oh and the "No child left behind" program is working out great. We are ranked 59th in education. I was looking to find the education study again, but couldn't locate it, sorry.


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Re: Freedom? is on the MARCH! ...well, not in Amerikkka [Re: myndreach]
    #4222117 - 05/26/05 12:54 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Have another link? I can't find anything there.


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Re: Freedom? is on the MARCH! ...well, not in Amerikkka [Re: barfightlard]
    #4222132 - 05/26/05 12:57 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Here is the article if that link won't work.

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How Free is the World's Media?
From Reporter Supporters to ?Press Predators,? 166 Countries Receive Press-Freedom Ranks
By Dylan Shubitz


Cuba is the second most hostile to its press, according to a study conducted by press freedom advocacy group Reporters Without Borders. Only North Korea ranked worse. On March 18, 2003, the Cuban government rounded up over 50 dissidents, including 26 independent journalists. All of them were jailed after only three days of trials. With the total now at 30, Cuba has more journalists in its jails than any other nation, more than China and Iran combined.



Northern European countries were ranked highest with Finland, Iceland, Norway, and the Netherlands all tied at the top. Denmark tied with Trinidad and Tobago in fifth place as Sweden's ninth place ranking ensured Scandinavia the crown for press-freedom uber-region. Belgium and Germany were ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, and Canada rounded out the top 10.



The ranking was compiled by sending a questionnaire to ?people who have a deep knowledge of press freedom in a country,? including local journalists and foreign reporters, in 166 countries. The questionnaire contained 53 different criteria for assessing press freedom, including violations directed toward journalists ? e.g. threats and attacks ? and toward news media ? e.g. censorship or equipment confiscation.



The survey took into account not only violations by the state but also by organizations such as armed militias or political factions.



War-torn countries like Colombia and Liberia ranked very low, mostly on account of non-state aggression toward journalists. Those countries ranked 147 and 132, respectively. Many African nations suffered low rankings because of the impact of civil wars and insurgent political forces.



Surprisingly, Russia ranked just below Colombia at 148. Reporters Without Borders has earmarked Russian President Vladimir Putin as a ?Predator of Press Freedom? for his systematic censorship of events surrounding the Chechnya war. Former Soviet states Belarus and Ukraine also ranked very low.



Italy trailed behind other European nations at 53 on account of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who moonlights as a media tycoon. Obstacles to the free flow of information were also taken into account in the ranking, and as a result, many Arab states fared poorly. Kuwait, whose government pressures journalists into self-censorship, ranked highest among Middle Eastern countries at 102. The governments of Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Libya have traditionally hindered the emergence of a free press and all ranked in the 150's.



Reporters Without Borders ranked the United States and Israel twice each: once as a gauge of press freedom within their nations, and again to measure press freedom where they occupy outside territories.



At home, the US is ranked 31, while in Iraq the United States sinks to a lowly 135. The army's assassination of journalists and cameramen during the Iraq war brought the ranking down considerably.



Inside its borders, Israel tied with Japan as 44; however, the Israeli army's methodical abuses against journalists in the occupied territories register the nation at 146. Since the election of Ariel Sharon in 2001, the Israeli army has killed three reporters, wounded eight, shot at over 70, and has occupied or destroyed 15 foreign and Palestinian media offices. Like Putin and Castro, Sharon has been labeled a ?Predator? by Reporters Without Borders.



Other surprises in the ranking came as a result of nations' wealth. A strong economy had little to do with press freedom. The small, poor, agricultural African nation of Benin, where 37% of the nation lives in poverty, ranked 29th. Conversely, the rapidly industrializing nation of Singapore ranked 144th.




Edited by myndreach (05/26/05 12:58 PM)


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Re: Freedom? is on the MARCH! ...well, not in Amerikkka [Re: barfightlard]
    #4222139 - 05/26/05 12:58 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Just because you believe in freedom doesn't mean you have to be hostil toward the media, nor does it mean that someone else is stupid because they have different beliefs than you. Thats the problem with this country today is everyone is soo damn worried about someone else, or making someone else look bad, when they need to worry about there own shit.


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Re: Freedom? is on the MARCH! ...well, not in Amerikkka [Re: pinkfloydms]
    #4222149 - 05/26/05 12:59 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I didn't mean to make that sound directed at you just meant it a general way.


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Re: Freedom? is on the MARCH! ...well, not in Amerikkka [Re: myndreach]
    #4222201 - 05/26/05 01:14 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

hey, dumbass, it's GOOD that we're ranked lower.

http://www.dictionary.com?q=hostile


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Re: Freedom? is on the MARCH! ...well, not in Amerikkka [Re: afoaf]
    #4222219 - 05/26/05 01:19 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

You talking to me? I know it's good thats what I was saying about not being hostil towards media.


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so yeah:
- 'sex' five times
- once with a man
- once with a cadaver
- and thrice with actual women(all of which were prostitutes)
Best story ever!

www.panicstream.com :thumbup:


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