Canada ranked 19th in freedom of press

Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the press is declining in Canada…

… the index places Canada at No. 19, a drop of six spots from 2008.

… The United States had the most notable rise in the ranking this year to No. 20 from No. 40 in 2008.

Canada ranked 19th in freedom of press

Note: So under Harper and the conservatives we are on a continual downslide with respect to our freedoms, while on the other hand under Obama and the Democrats (Liberals) it is an upward swing. Interesting???… but not surprising.


His case is that a small number of conglomerate companies own all of the news media, and can therefore manipulate what we see and hear for the benefit of powered interests in the same way that mass marketers create a desired response through controlled advertising. Right-wingers claim a liberal conspiracy and Left-wingers cry conservative conspiracy, but Chomsky says that there is no conspiracy per se, simply a system owned by a power elite that serves the purposes of its owners.

from John Prince
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3 Responses to Canada ranked 19th in freedom of press

  1. Louise M. says:

    Radio Canada reports that the case of Daniel Leblanc (who broke the Sponsorship scandal)is the reason why Reporters Without Borders dropped Canada to 19th place. I can’t post a link but you can find it on the Radio Canada site. Leblanc is currently in court trying to defend his source “ma chouette”. This is a result of an action brought by Polygone against Leblanc. Polygone has been sued by the Government to reimburse Sponsorship money fraudulently received.

  2. Anonymous says:

    HI John, This isn’t necessarily for posting on your blog, but I thought you might find this interesting.

    Here’s part of the article that made me think of you.

    “By contrast, the ancient Greeks defined a free person as someone who lives in a free state, a state whose political and social system allows them to enjoy personal freedom and also directly shape the future of their country themselves. This implies participation in the political process that goes far beyond casting a vote in elections once in every four years for either two parties, which have more or less the same policies, and which work for the same paymasters.

    Real democracy requires that free and informed citizens engage every day in the political decision making process, and debate and discuss the best policies or the state as a whole on a continuous basis.”

    The website theflucase is a bit (LOL) of a conspiracy theory type site, but it is interesting. And, no, I’m not getting the swine flu vaccination. And, yes, I love conspiracy theories! Don’t always believe them, but they’re fun.

  3. John Prince says:

    Louise M,
    From what I understand that was a contributing factor, but not the primary reason for our dismal showing. However, point well taken. Thanks for your comment.

    Hi Anon @2:36
    Thank you for your ‘very interesting’ comment and for the link to The Flu Case website. However, I for one like to think Obama is not part of the problem, but rather part of the solution. If you replace Obama’s name with Bush’s instead, in the Slavery or Freedom article, I would say more people would definitely buy into Alex Jones ‘so-called’ conspiracy theory.

    I know for a fact that much of what he says was being said during Bush’s reign, and many people believed it… and still do. In fact, I personally believe there is more fact than fiction here. With that said however, I believe Obama’s track record, upbringing and so forth, are so far removed from the big business oligarchy that Bush fit into so nicely, that that case cannot be made against Obama and this is where his theory falls apart in my opinion.

    With that said, I too do not plan on taking any flu shots. In fact, I am even careful about what I eat… ‘Soylent Green’ and all. :-0 :-)

    Really appreciate your thinking of me with respect to the Freedom and Democracy comments. I take that as a real compliment. Thank you!

    Again, thank you for some ‘interesting’ reading and for the ‘food for thought’, as well. Come again!

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