Whoever has the power, make the rules. That goes for anything from foreign relations to education. We see in this annual report that press freedoms are inhibited in both highly oppressive and seemingly democratic countries; corruption is rampant. That means, in general, that a elite minority decides which information (if any) gets fed to the public. Whatever groups in control decide what ideas are implanted about themselves in the minds of the masses. Many times, the press is only an instrument to forward a particular set of views, while censoring others. In a perfect world, there wouldn’t be any bias in the news because everyone would be of one accord, however as we know, this world today is far from perfect. Humanity is bent on itself and its own self-centeredness. That pride can defile any earthly sphere of influence, it can mar even the most objective social apparatus like we are seeing with contemporary press and media.
“The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to the detriment of the right to inform and be informed. This trend constitutes a growing threat worldwide and is even endangering freedom of information in countries regarded as democracies.
Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it. Freedom of information is too often sacrificed to an overly broad and abusive interpretation of national security needs, marking a disturbing retreat from democratic practices. Investigative journalism often suffers as a result…”
2014 World Press Freedom Index – complete article – RSF.org