Thursday, October 26, 2006

Reporters Sans Frontieres says Taiwan Freer than US

The bogus US War on Terror, a war on innocents abroad and civil rights at home, has claimed another victim in the form of US press freedoms. The latest Reporters Sans Frontieres report puts Taiwan at #43 and the US at 53, tied with Botswana and Togo. If you can't win the war, at least you can beat the media.......

The United States (53rd) has fallen nine places since last year, after being in 17th position in the first year of the Index, in 2002. Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of “national security” to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his “war on terrorism.” The zeal of federal courts which, unlike those in 33 US states, refuse to recognise the media’s right not to reveal its sources, even threatens journalists whose investigations have no connection at all with terrorism.

Freelance journalist and blogger Josh Wolf was imprisoned when he refused to hand over his video archives. Sudanese cameraman Sami al-Haj, who works for the pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera, has been held without trial since June 2002 at the US military base at Guantanamo, and Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein has been held by US authorities in Iraq since April this year.

Hussein has been deprived of due process and has no legal rights. My nation has become a spreading sickness in desperate need of a regime change. Meanwhile, Taiwan's press gets freer every year.......

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