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WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX 2021

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX 2021

Context

India has ranked 142nd yet again out of 180 nations in the recently unveiled World Press Freedom Index.

Details

  • The index is published each year by the international journalism not-for-profit body, “Reporters Without Borders (RSF)”, to assess the press opportunity circumstance in 180 nations and regions.
  • Norway has held its top position for the fifth year running, trailing Finland and Denmark at second and third spot individually.
  • It is based in Paris, RSF is an independent NGO with consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF).
  • The Index ranks countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists. However, it is not an indicator of the quality of journalism.
  • The parameters include pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.

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