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Press Freedom Deteriorating Throughout the Americas, Says Media Advocacy Group

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The bad news is that the United States has been slapped again for its government's downward-spiraling respect for freedom of the press. The good news is that our officials' transgressions pale in comparison to the crimes inflicted on free speech and free inquiry throughout the Americas, as compiled by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).

Basically, free press-wise, the whole hemisphere is sliding.

With regard to the U.S., IAPA points out:

The U.S. government of President Barack Obama is continuing to prohibit officials from talking to the press. In the United States and Canada defeated were legislative reforms aimed at limiting exceptions on the part of these governments to continue restricting public information for reasons always attributed to national security.

Yes, we've heard this before. It doesn't get less depressing in the repeating. But it could be a whole hell of a lot worse. Like in most everyplace else in the Americas. "Freedom of the press and of expression in the hemisphere underwent a marked deterioration in the last six months due to a significant increase in direct and indirect censorship and physical attacks on journalists," notes IAPA.

Cuba, of course, continues to outright imprison independent journalists and dissidents. The Venezuelan government denies foreign exchange to critical media outlets so that they can't purchase supplies, including news print, forcing many out of business. That's when its goons don't just beat the crap out of journalists.

Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Haiti use the law to squash critical press, and Bolivia, which already limits the speech of opposition politicians, is poised to follow suit.

Brazilian officials use the courts to block publication of targeted content.

"Perhaps the most positive news this semester," says IAPA, "has been the enactment of the Law on Access to Public Information and Transparency in Paraguay."

Well, that's nice for Paraguay.

For what it's worth, Freedom House announced this year that "global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade." So it's not just our hemisphere that's in the crapper.

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  1. I’m so glad the most transparent administration in history is currently around to get on this and help fix it.

  2. FIRST..111!!!. Or are we not doing that “phrasing” anymore?

  3. That illustration promotes rape culture, or the subjugation of womynz, or something bad.

    Where are the censors, when you need them?

  4. Cuba, of course, continues to outright imprison independent journalists and dissidents.

    That’s impossible. The Nation assures me that Cuba is wonderful and anyone who disagrees is a motherfucking right-wing bigot liar.

    Cubans are encouraged to express their views and even their complaints, they are polled regularly about what needs to improve and they are not hesitant to express their opinions. They are encouraged to participate in the policy making process and they are listened to. He claimed that Cuba has democracy and freedom but they are defined differently.

    The Catholic Church, is one voice among many and stressed that propaganda that Cuba is a communist godless society, is completely unfounded. Through their education system, and the support that Cuba enjoys by just about every country, except the US, Cubans are among the most knowledgeable people about the rest of the world.

    VIVA CUBA! Abajo con el opresor americano!

    1. Nearly 100 years, and nothing has changed since the days of Walter Duranty.

      1. I legitimately think the Nation is the worst magazine in America. It’s legitimately totalitarian.

        Today, for example, they published something from their back issues which was an article in which 3 writers from the 1930’s said what they’d do if they were dictator.

        It’s just wonderful.

        I should immediately recognize the Russia of the Soviets with every gesture of friendship and good-will to the Russian people. I should not be afraid of communism because I should set out really to constitute an honest and efficient government for the United States, one responding to the will of the American people as expressed through the initiative and referendum, and I am bold enough to believe that if I could have my way, our own system of government as reconstituted would not only challenge comparison with the Soviet program, but would seem infinitely more desirable so long as the Soviet Government is a blood-handed class dictatorship.

        If I ran a magazine that once published this, I would never re-publish it in any way that could even be mistaken as approving. The article is even worse than the published excerpt.

        1. Ever notice how there is a serious correlation between people who dream of what they would do if they were dictator and totalitarian fucks?

          I also love that the moron who wrote the article is too stupid to go “well, the Soviets are a blood-handed class dictatorship…I wonder what that says about any system that would ‘challenge comparison’ to it?”

          TOP. MEN.

          1. No, that’s fucking nothing. This is from the introduction.

            In late 1931, The Nation launched a similar series, “If I Were Dictator,” with contributions from some of the leading lights of the day. (All of them, it should be noted, white men.)

            Dude, these people fucking apologize for all the people in this article being white men, but don’t feel the need to apologize for the pro-Communist propaganda.

            They literally think white privilege is worse than Soviet Communism.

            1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

              It’s also from 1931. The odds of the contributors not being white men at that time were extremely low. It’s like apologizing that all the people at the signing of the Magna Carta were white men.

              Self-hating ideologues are some of the stupidest people on the planet, right after people who like deep dish pizza.

    2. “…Cuba has democracy and freedom but they are defined differently.”

      Thats no shit.

      1. ‘Nazi Germany has equal rights for Jews, but they are differently defined.’

      2. Radio Havana was asked: “Is there freedom of speech in Cuba like the US?”

        We answer, yes. In the US, you can march through Washington, DC, shouting, “Down with Obama! Down with American capitalism!” and not get arrested. In Cuba, we can do the same thing ? we can march through Havana shouting, “Down with Obama! Down with American capitalism!” and not get arrested.

    3. Anyone remember that P.J. O’Roarke book (name escapes me) where he went on a tour of the Soviet Union with American socialists? That’s what this reminds me of.

  5. The press is completely free in the USA. Ratfuckers can ratfuck and liars lie. It is the one constant in this country since Larry Flynt fought for our freedom.

    Viva Hustler!

    1. +1 youtube filmmaker

          1. +4 Judith Miller

              1. Fuck off, turd.

      1. If Google pulled a YouTube video that is hardly government censorship. They are a private company jackass.

        1. Palin’s Buttplug| 9.2.13 @ 5:57PM |#

          If everyone agreed with me I would quit posting.

          PB (Peanut Butter) crushes you Peanuts with his logic.

        2. Holy shit. Now even you aren’t crazy enough to buy that shit and you know fuckin’ well we aren’t gonna buy it.

          You just have to polish turds don’t you? You just can’t help yourself.

        3. If Google pulled a YouTube video that is hardly government censorship. They are a private company jackass.

          A federal judge ordered Wednesday that YouTube must take down a film blamed by the Obama administration for sparking the deadly September 2012 protests at the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

          http://www.nydailynews.com/new…..-1.1702835

            1. Fuck off, turd.

        4. Why don’t you take down that video? it’d be a shame if something should happen to your tax credits?

  6. Its not like the press here is fighting tooth and nail to hang onto their freedom, or ours. If anything blame can be laid it is more at the feet of the press than the government’s.

    1. Hey, the Times is strongly in favor of a centralized government division of Press Oversight to properly license and regulate the official Press and stamp out those dirty kulaks and wreckers. For Freedom!

  7. We need to civilize other planets because this one is starting to suck like a ferret on a rat butt. Politicians have made the American Constitution something they wipe their drippy BLT Steakhouse butts on. Politicians are rectum slivers divined from the rods of tyrannical logs jammed into the tight freedoms…

    1. suck like a ferret on a rat butt.

      I…didn’t know that was a thing.

      1. He probably meant “like Will Ferrell on a rat butt”.

    2. Politicians have made the American Constitution something they wipe their drippy BLT Steakhouse butts on.

      Which is pretty shitty, because the Constitution wasn’t exactly the most liberty-loving constitution when compared to the alternatives at the time. The federalists (ancestors of the modern progressive) pretty much got everything they wanted.

  8. I should set out really to constitute an honest and efficient government for the United States, one responding to the will of the American people as expressed through the initiative and referendum

    Dictatorship of the Proletariat, FTW!

  9. Left wingers are making sandwiches of Salon bologna and NYT mayo on Slate faux wheat and then shoving all that shit right up their fucking asses until the poopy hole blows stupid just like modern progressive flickster politiks.

    1. Forget it, he’s rolling.

    2. I don’t know what’s going on here, but it terrifies me.

      1. Admit it, you’re strangely aroused too.

  10. Without reading up on this particular group, do they fall into the any tired traps of equating “freedom” with fewer corporations with a remedy that includes a government-regulated press?

    1. I can’t speak for IAPA across the board, but several of the cases of censorship they cite involve governments trying to break up oh-so-nasty media companies that just happen to be critical of the powers that be.

  11. Can we get a read on how IAPA responded to the CU case? Hypocrisy isn’t limited to turd…

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