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India retains 142 of 180 spot in World Press Freedom index

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    26th Apr, 2021

India continues to be counted among the countries classified as “bad” for journalism and is also termed as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

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India continues to be counted among the countries classified as “bad” for journalism and is also termed as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

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About the World Press Freedom index 2021

  • Report: World Press Freedom Index 2021 is published by the international journalism, a not-for profit body, Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
    • The index ranks 180 countries.
  • Rankings: The list is topped by Norway followed by Finland and Denmark.
    • Eritrea came at the bottom.
    • China is ranked 177, and is only above North Korea at 179 and Turkmenistan at 178.
    • In the South Asian neighbourhood, Nepal is at 106, Sri Lanka at 127, Myanmar (before the coup) at 140, Pakistan at 145 and Bangladesh at 152.
  • India’s ranking: India is ranked 142 which is same as last year.
    • The report stated that India shares the “bad” classification with Brazil, Mexico and Russia.
    • For India, the latest report blames an environment of intimidation created by BJPsupporters for any critical journalist, who, is marked as “anti-state” or “anti-national”.

World Press Freedom Index

  • It is published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
  • It is an important advocacy tool which is based on the principle of emulation between states.
  • The Index ranks 180 countries and regions according to their level of freedom available to journalists.
  • It evaluates the media freedom situation on the basis of pluralism, independence of the media, safety of journalists and quality of legislative framework in each country and region.

Reporters Without Borders 

  • It is an international non-profit and non-governmental organization.
    • RSF was founded in 1985. 
  • It aims for safeguarding the right to freedom of information. 
  • RSF has consultative status at the United Nations, the Council of Europe, UNESCO, and the International Organisation of the Francophonie.
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