India slips to 161 on World Press Freedom Index
Polity & Governance
5th May, 2023
India’s ranking has fallen to 161 in the World Press Freedom Index-2023 in the list 180 countries. In 2021, India’s ranking was 150, down from a ranking of 142 on the press freedom index.
Key-findings of the Report
- Toppers: Norway, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, Portugal and Timor-Leste occupy the top 10 ranks in the World Press Freedom Index 2023.
- India’s neighbours: The relative rankings of some countries -- Pakistanrose up seven ranks, and was placed at 150th, and Afghanistan was ranked 152nd.
- The World Press Freedom Index revealed that press freedom in 31 is in a “very serious situation”.
- Two years ago, the number was 21 countries.
About the Report
- The World Press Freedom IndexReport is an annual report.
- It is published by Reporters Without Borders, a non-governmental organization that advocates for freedom of the press worldwide.
RSF is an international NGO whose self-proclaimed aim is to defend and promote media freedom. Headquartered in Paris, it has consultative status with the United Nations.
- The report ranks 180 countries based on their level of press freedom, taking into account factors such as censorship, media independence, and the safety of journalists.
- The World Press Freedom Index is based on five different factors that are used to calculate scores and rank countries. These five sub-indicators include the:
- Political indicator
- Economic indicator
- Legislative indicator
- Social indicator
- Security indicator