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US falls to 46th in the World Press Freedom Index, from 32nd

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Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press phone records -- all reasons why the United States has fallen to 46th place in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index released Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders.

That's down 13 places. The U.S. was 32nd in the 2013 index.

"Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it," a press release on the new report read. "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."

Finland tops the index, followed by the Netherlands and Norway.

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