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India slips to 150 in press freedom index

  • Published
    4th May, 2022
Context

India's ranking in the World Press Freedom Index 2022 has fallen down to 150th position from last year's 142nd rank out of 180 countries.

About

About World Press Freedom Index

  • Published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation among states. 
  • The Index ranks 180 countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists.
  • It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region.

Key-highlights of the index:

  • Top performing countries include Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and Finland while North Korea remained at the bottom of the list.
  • The rankings of India's neighbours have also come down, with the index placing Pakistan at 157th position (145th last year), Sri Lanka 146th (127th), Bangladesh 162nd (152nd) and Myanmar at 176th (140th) position.
  • Nepal has significantly improved its global ranking by 30 points from 106th position last year to 76th position in 2022.
  • Russia’s position has also come down from 150th last year to 155th this year, while China climbed up by two positions (from 177th to 175th).
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