[Foundation-l] [Wikinews-l] Proposal for the creation of a Wikinews foundation

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 02:42:24 UTC 2007

On  0, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> scribbled:
> On 22/08/07, Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org> wrote:
> > On 8/21/07, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > > What are the legal benefits of being in the US? And compared to where?
> > > > >
> > > > Freedom of the press?  Pretty much anywhere else?
> > >
> > > The US is unique in have a free press? That sounds unlikely...
> > >
> > "Sounds unlikely"?  That's a strange way to put it.
> Strange? It's called an "understatement". I suppose it may be a rather
> English way to put it.
> Anyway, I did a little research. Accord to the most recent (2006)
> Press Freedom index by the Reporters Without Borders
> (http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=639), the US is 53rd.
> It's one of the worst developed nations for press freedom.

Worst might be exaggerating. Freedom House's _Freedom of the Press 2007_ puts the US in the 22nd rank, which may not be great compared to European countries like Finland or Iceland, but is still ahead of others like Japan, Australia, the UK, France, Austria..

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