U.S. plummets in press freedom ranking

Feb 12, 2014, 10:34 AM EST
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) walks past US Attorney General Eric Holder (L) during an event in the East Room of the White House, on January 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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The United States plunged 14 places in Reporters Without Borders' annual Press Freedom Index, released on Wednesday. The U.S. is now ranked below Romania and above Haiti at #46. The Paris-based media rights watchdog criticized the U.S for it conviction of Wikileaks informer Chelsea Manning and for its pursuit of Edward Snowden.