The United States ranked 41st in global press freedom by an international journalist advocacy group in an annual list released on Wednesday.
Reporters Without Borders claimed that, despite being enshrined in the Constitution, freedom of the press “has encountered a major obstacle” in the U.S. due to “the government’s war on whistleblowers.”
Reporters Without Borders also chided the U.S. for not establishing a federal “shield law” protecting journalists from having to reveal their sources.
The ranking was actually an eight-spot improvement over 2015, when the U.S. came in 49th in the world.
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