The 8 Most Dangerous Countries for Journalists; As U.S. Sees Sharp Drop in World Press Freedom Index

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Land of the free? The U.S. is failing to uphold freedom of the press, according to the newly-released Reporters Without Borders' 2014 World Press Freedom Index. The U.S. dropped from 32nd to 46th in the rankings since the last year, with the organization citing the hunt for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press phone records as reasons for the downfall.

"Both the US and UK authorities seem obsessed with hunting down whistleblowers instead of adopting legislation to rein in abusive surveillance practices that negate privacy, a democratic value cherished in both countries," the report chastised.

Of course, there are a lot of other countries that are way worse to their press corps — and some where journalism simply struggles to exist. Journalists in places like Syria, Iran, China, and India face violence every day, and many have been killed for their reporting.

Let's take a look at the most dangerous places to be a journalist.

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