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The Free Press Is Somewhat Less Free

Freedom House has released its 2009 Freedom of the Press Survey. For the seventh consecutive year, it notes, global press freedom has declined, with declines occurring across all regions for the first time. Israel, Italy, and Hong Kong were downgraded from “Free” to “Partly Free.” (Is it time for someone to study the correlation between economic meltdowns and press freedom?) Jennifer Windsor, executive director of Freedom House, says, “The journalism profession today is up against the ropes and fighting to stay alive.” [%comments]