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Post at: Jul 20 2022

World Press Freedom Index-2022

Why in News ?

  • On 3rd May, the 20th edition of World Press Freedom index published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

About the Report 

  • It has been published every year since 2002 by Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) or Reporters Without Borders.
    • 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).
  • OIF is a 54 french speaking nations collective.
  • Each country or territory’s score is evaluated using five contextual indicators :
    • Political Context, Legal Framework, Economic Context, Sociocultural Context and Safety.

Top Performers: 

  1. Norway 
  2. Denmark 
  3. Sweden  
  4. Estonia 
  5. Finland 

Bottom  performers
    180-North Korea

India's performance

  • India's position in 2022  ranking is 150 with the score of 41.00.
  • India has fallen eight places (142nd in 2021 to 150th in the 2022 )
  • India’s position has been consistently falling in the index since 2016 when it was ranked 133.
  • The reasons behind fall in ranking is the increased “violence against journalists” and a “politically partisan media”.
  • According to the report, India is also one of the world’s most dangerous countries for mediapersons.
    • Journalists are exposed to all kinds of physical violence including police violence, ambushes by political activists, and deadly reprisals by criminal groups or corrupt local officials.
    • The situation in Kashmir remains “Worrisome” and reporters are often harassed by police or paramilitaries



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