US earns lowest rank in history for freedom rights

Countries in green have the least amount of restrictions placed on their freedom, and countries in the red have the most restrictions. The most free countries are Finland, Norway and Denmark. The least free countries are Turkmenistan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Eritrea.

Reporters Without Borders publishes The World Press Freedom Index annually, which gives each country a freedom score based on pluralism, media independence, environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency and infrastructure.

The United States places 49th on the list, the lowest its ranked in the history of the index.

American journalists face “government pressure to reveal sources,” according to the site.

“Although the Obama administration (has) backed away, it continues its war on information in others, such as WikiLeaks,” according to the site.

The 2015 questionnaire included 180 countries — any countries not included did not provide reliable information.