Many assume and expect the US to lead the world in press freedom. However, the US has ranked 47 in the 2011 poll. Many have recently stated and even worry that the”US First Amendment is being taken for granted. “Specifically to blame for the drop in ratings are the “months of journalist arrests and press suppression at Occupy Wall Street-inspired protest.” “According to organizations like the Society for Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists, the arrests at Occupy events are part of a growing trend in the U.S. and worldwide.”
Who ranked # 1 in the world press freedom? Finland remains at number 1 since 2010. In 2010, the US was ranked at # 20. Are the scholars correct in blaming Occupy Wall street on why the US has dropped 27 spots? Before people jump to that conclusion, it must be stated that in 2007 the US was even ranked # 48.
Freedom dominates American’s thought processes. But, do we know what press freedom is like in Finland? Do Americans think US press freedom is as low as it was rated? What can we do to increase US press freedom?