A disgruntled employee shot up the Capital Gazette — what does that have to do with the freedom of the press, etc.?
This is yet another manifestation of the miserable and the evil’s hatred of the good for being the good. The press in the USA is wildly free, dangerously reckless, using their microphone like clubs to beat us into submitting to their totalitarian way of thinking.
The left has run amok in putting America on this list when:
While Erdogan “has been the fiercest critic of Saudi Arabia for the murder of Khashoggi, his government continued to jail more journalists than any other on the planet,” CPJ reported. Turkey jailed at least 68 journalists in the past year and “(f)or the third consecutive year, every journalist imprisoned in Turkey is facing anti-state charges.”
Nearly 200 opposition newspapers and media, such as Today’s Zaman, have been taken over or shuttered – 189 in total. Only press outlets favorable to Erdogan and his ruling party have been allowed to continue operations.
The Stockholm Center for Freedom, run by former Today’s Zaman editor Abdullah Bozkurt, notes that Turkey‘s intelligence agency has abducted at least 80 people from 18 countries due to suspected ties to exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. (IPT)
Don’t get me started on Iran or China or …..
“Oh, Please: U.S. Added To List Of Most Dangerous Countries For Journalists,” by Paul Bois, Daily Wire, December 19, 2018 (thanks to Mark):
In a move that is motivated by everything political and nothing factual, the United States has been listed among the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, according to NBC News.
In its annual report, the free-press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders lists the United States among countries like Mexico, India, Syria, India, and Afghanistan for being one of the most dangerous for journalists based on the number who died in the U.S. in 2018. Not one of the deaths they listed, however, had anything to do with the U.S. government. Four of the six deaths listed stemmed from the Capital Gazette shooting (performed by a crazed lunatic who had a beef with the newspaper); the other two were killed while covering a storm in North Carolina.
“The United States joined the ranks of the world’s deadliest countries for the media this year, with a total of six journalists killed,” the group reports. “Four journalists were among the five employees of the Capital Gazette, a local newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, who .were killed on 28 June when a man walked in and opened fire with a shotgun. He had been harassing the newspaper for six years on Twitter about a 2011 article that named him. It was the deadliest attack on a media outlet in the US in modern history. Two other journalists, a local TV anchor and cameraman, were killed by a falling tree while covering Subtropical Storm Alberto’s extreme weather in North Carolina in May.”
Though Reporters Without Borders does not explicitly state it, the media has incessantly blamed President Trump’s rhetoric toward the media for the Capital Gazette shooting this past summer.
“We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people,” the Capital Gazette editorial staff said following the shooting. “No, we won’t forget that. Because exposing evil, shining light on wrongs and fighting injustice is what we do.”
“Our community has rallied around us to show they understand who we are, and that we are not the enemy of the people,” it continued. “We are your neighbors, your friends. We are you.”
Of course, all of these deaths are tragic, but Reporters Without Borders lists them among journalists who have been killed either by the hands of local officials or organized crime. While the group notes that it distinguishes “between journalists who were deliberately targeted and those who were killed while reporting in the field,” it nevertheless lumps the United States among some strange bedfellows….
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