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U.S. not so great on freedom of the press

Land of the Free indeed.
The World Press Freedom Index 2006, published by the Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), showed that the US had dropped 12 places to 53rd place, below countries such as Ghana, Mali and Bolivia.

The organisation said "the steady erosion of press freedom in the United States, France and Japan is extremely alarming".

RSF said George Bush, the US president, had used national security as a pretext to regard journalists who questioned the "war on terror" as suspicious.

The group also criticised the US for continuing to hold the Aljazeera cameraman, Sami al-Hajj, without trial at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and for imprisoning Josh Folff, a freelance journalist and blogger who refused to hand over material.

So, are these Frenchies trying to say that people in Ghana, Mali and Bolivia are "more free" than us Americans? Because if they are, well ... I'd say they're right!

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