World Press Freedom Index, 2021
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Polity and Governance
- The World Press Freedom Index, 2021 has again ranked India at 142nd out of 180 countries.
- Produced by: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) – a French NGO
- Also, for a year, on directions from Cabinet Secretary, an index monitoring cell worked to improve the rankings.
- A meeting was also held between the Indian Ambassador to France and the RSF officials to lobby for a change in the ranking.
- In 2016, India’s rank was 133, which has steadily climbed down to 142 in 2020.
- The RSF report says India is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists trying to do their job properly.
- They are exposed to every kind of attack, even police violence against reporters, ambushes by political activists, and reprisals instigated by criminal groups or corrupt local officials.
- Top countries: Norway followed by Finland and Denmark.
- Bottom country: Eritrea
- China is ranked 177. North Korea at 179 and Turkmenistan at 178.