Letter: On freedom of the press

Through Rudy Budesky

Updated: November 30, 2021 Posted: November 30, 2021

As ADN reported on Nov. 23, the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance added the United States to the list of “declining democracies” for the first time ever.

In addition, the organization Reporters Without Borders has published the report on the ranking of 180 countries in the world in its 2021 Press Freedom Index. This index reflects the degree of freedom that journalists, news agencies and Internet users have, and the way in which the authorities support this freedom. Seventeen separate data measurements are used to calculate this index.

The United States ranked 44th on this press freedom index, while Canada and Latvia, for example, are ahead of the United States with rankings of 14th and 22nd accordingly. Why did this happen? The ultra-lefts would blame the owners of the media’s means of production, and the ultra-rights would blame Antifa. The moderate lefts would blame Donald Trump, and the moderate rights would blame political correctness.

It is, using modern slang, diversity, isn’t it?

Rudy J. Budesky

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