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India’s ranking in press freedom falls to 138

India’s ranking in press freedom falls to 138

India’s ranking has dropped two spots to 138 among 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) released by Reporter without Borders – a non-government organization. Norway has topped the list for second consecutive year.

WPFI is created on mainly following criteria:

  • Level of pluralism,
  • Media independence,
  • The environment and self-censorship,
  • The legal framework,
  • Transparency,
  • Quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.

Highlights of the report:

  • The USA has also dropped two spots from 43 to 45.
  • India has dropped back from 136 to 138. Last year, Gauri Lankesh a famous journalist was killed and other incidents continue to undermine the true nature of freedom of journalism.
  • Nordic countries have traditionally remained in the top spot and this year also they have remained at the top.
  • Russia ranked at 148 and China among the last four at 176. Both countries have heavily controlled media.
  • West Asian countries' struggle with war-reporting continues. The ongoing wars in Syria (117) and Yemen (down one at 167) and the terrorism charges still being used in Egypt (161), Saudi Arabia (down one at 169) and Bahrain (down two at 166) continue to make West Asia the most difficult and dangerous region for journalists to operate in.

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