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The U.S. ranks 22nd in freedom of the press

According to Freedom House, the United States has a press freedom score of 18, which makes the United States tied for twenty-second with Estonia and Jamaica out of one hundred ninety-seven countries ranked in that category. Finland, Norway, and Sweden are tied for first, with a press freedom score of 10.


  1. 23 October 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I’d like to see more detail on how Freedom House came up with these numbers. Interesting!

  2. Mark
    23 October 2012 at 4:46 pm

    If you click on the link in the post, it will take you to the Freedom House report that includes the methodology used.

  3. 23 October 2012 at 6:16 pm

    This does not take into account “self-censorship” by journalists, where they choose not to write about certain subjects that they feel will upset people of power over them. For example, most Russian journalists will not write anything bad about the Kremlin.

  4. RemcoD
    23 October 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Please tell us how you measure this.

  5. Mark
    24 October 2012 at 6:42 am

    Actually, I don’t do the measuring, just the reporting. You can click the link on the ranking and it’ll take you to the Freedom House report that the ranking comes from. You can find their methodology there.

  6. Adam
    24 October 2012 at 7:41 am

    There is plently of self censorship in the USA too…

  7. 24 October 2012 at 10:14 am

    I imagine there is. For example, who would dare to print in the middle of the Bible Belt that most Muslims are okay guys, that women have the right to choose re: abortions or of their support for Wicca worship in the Bible Belt?! A braver man than me!

  8. HELLO
    26 October 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Freedom House was a front group for the CIA for many years. It was populated by the so called “left” neo-conservative anti-communists out of the labor movement in the USA.

  9. Mark
    26 October 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Good to know that it can still be clear-eyed enough to acknowledge that the U.S. doesn’t have the freest press in the world.

  10. 26 October 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Hows does NORK get a 97? Shouldn’t they be at 1000?

  11. 27 October 2012 at 11:02 am

    Sweden? Someone’s not paying attention.

  12. Anonymous
    31 October 2012 at 12:21 am

    I figured this out in the 1960’s. And since moving abroad to Australia I can see a big gap in what is news in America and what is fed to Americans. If one has the internet and uses it properly to find information they can overcome the new black outs from out government. ut many people just use your tube and fb for their information. But then the govenment does block some information one may seek over the internet since the patriot act

  13. 31 October 2012 at 12:27 am

    I learned this in the 1960’s. And since moving abroad to Australiaand having access to many other sources of information even over the tv it is more evident, If people use the internet properly they can get reliable information that is not found in the media. The government of the United States has always just ‘fed’ us the information they want us to know. And since the patriot act there is even less as they do control just what yiu can again access to even through the interent. They block many things, America even under the freedom of information act one receives pages and pages of blacked out informatiom. .

  14. 12 October 2013 at 5:47 am

    the mainstream media in America is nothing more than a public relations branch of the two party dictatorship that is the U.S. government pushing war propaganda, and talking points given to them from the ministry of truth. alternative media is slowly catching on online as the public wakes up

  1. 4 January 2013 at 10:46 pm

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