The Iraq War On American Media Essay

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The Iraq War in American Media
Press Freedom in 2015
Between 2010 and 2015, the United States dropped from a ranking in the top 20 nations in terms of press freedom to 49th out of 180, according to the World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders. CNN reports indicate that the drop in the United States ' ranking in recent years is in part due to increased prosecutions of whistleblowers during the Obama Administration, as well as the harassment and imprisonment of journalists, specifically during coverage of events following the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. The prosecution of whistleblowers, individuals who leak information in an effort to raise awareness of actions or practices that feel the public should be aware of, is an effort to limit the ability of the press to inform readers. Furthermore, detaining journalists without charge while covering a national news story could be seen as an intimidation tactic on the behalf of governments aimed at discouraging continued coverage of news stories that focus a light on certain unflattering activities. ***Corporations***
Media Coverage of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq In 2003, the governments of the United States and Britain began a public campaign to gain approval for an invasion of Iraq based on evidence they claimed to have showing that Saddam Hussein, then the leader of Iraq, had access to weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and that the Iraqi government had ties to al-Qaeda, the terrorist…

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