World Press Freedom Index : India slips to 150th position from 142nd

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India’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index has fallen down to 150th position from last year’s 142nd rank out of 180 countries.

Highlights of the 2022 report

  • Best performing countries

  1. Norway– 1st

  2. Denmark– 2nd

  3. Sweden– 3rd

  4. Estonia– 4th

  5. Finland– 5th

  • Worst performerming countries

  • North Korea remained at the bottom of the list.

  • Russia is placed at 155th position, slipping from 150th last year.

  • According to the global media watchdog, China climbed two places to the 175th position, from 177th place last year.

  • Performance of India;s neighbourhood countries

  • Apart from India, the ranking of its neighbouring countries has also declined except Nepal.

  • While Pakistan is ranked 157th, Sri Lanka is at 146th, Bangladesh at 162nd and Myanmar at 176th.

  • About Press Freedom Index

  • It has been published by Reporters Without Borders every year since 2002.

  • This is based on the organisation's own assessment of countries' press freedom records in the last year.

  • The index ranks 180 countries and territories according to the level of freedom available to journalists.

  • The index is prepared on the basis of assessment of the level of pluralism, media freedom, media environment and self-censorship, legal framework, transparency as well as the quality of the existing infrastructure for news and information.

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