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Appendix B: Journalism Freedom: 1980–2008 (Country Ratings from Freedom House) - United States Of America

Population (2010, proj.): 317,641,000

Gross National Income per Capita (current, 2007): $46,040

Date of Independence: July 4, 1776 (from Great Britain)

Date of Last Constitution: September 17, 1787 (last amended in 1992)

American media are protected by the Constitution's First Amendment, which is deeply respected and broadly upheld. Many states have shield laws ...

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