Waning freedom

Reporters Without Borders has released its fourth annual World Press Freedom Index. The results are generally unsurprising.

North Korea, Iraq, Burma, Libya and Uzbekistan all remain deeply undemocratic.

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands and Switzerland remain top of the list.

Australia is 31st, well below Lithuania, Benin, Cyprus, El Salvador and a host of other nations.

America fell 20 places, supposedly because of the Judith Miller saga and “legal moves undermining the privacy of journalistic sources.”

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