Check out the sampling group:
The questionnaire was sent to partner organisations of Reporters Without Borders (14 freedom of expression groups in five continents) and its 130 correspondents around the world, as well as to journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists.
The organisation’s initiatives are being carried out on five continents through its national branches (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland) and its offices in Abidjan, Bangkok, New York, Tokyo and Washington.
NOTE: No national branch inthe U.S.
I usually agree with you on most things, DD, but not this time. If they are a mouthpiece of the French government or are influenced by their being based in France, then why has France consistently fallen in the rankings almost as quickly as the United States? If they are unduly influenced by socialism or communism, why do China, Vietnam, and North Korea all rank near the bottom? If they are anti-American, why did the United States come in very high, at 17th, in the first set of rankings five years ago? They acknoweldge that the semi-socialist regime of Hugo Chavez has one of the lower rankings in Latin America, and they still put the United States in the top third of the rankings. Many of the issues the report lists with the United States, such as imprisoning reporters who refuse to reveal their sources, are, in my opinion, egregious attacks on freedom of the press in this country. I think our plummeting ranking is entirely justified, especially when considering the overall erosion of civil liberties under the current U.S. administration.
I said the organization "...has its roots as a mouthpiece for the socialist and communist movements in France..."
It's been around for a long time and has evolved from that.
Overall, I still view"Reporters Without Borders" as the"Amenesty International" of news. It's an expression of mainly European activist viewpoints.
They don't like America.