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World Press Freedom Index

22nd December, 2021 Polity

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  • The Centre does not agree with the conclusions drawn by Reporters Without Borders about press freedom in India .

Reasons by the Centre:

  • Very low sample size
  • Little or no weightage to the fundamentals of democracy
  • Adoption of the methodology by the publisher of the report is “questionable and non-transparent


About Press Freedom Index:

  • India dropped two places on the global press freedom index ranking to 142nd place.
  • India’s neighbors — Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka — are ranked higher in the list.
  • It is released by Reporters Without Borders.
  • It has been published every year since 2002.
  • The Index ranks 180 countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists.
  • It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region.
  • It does not rank public policies even if governments obviously have a major impact on their country’s ranking.
  • It is not an indicator of the quality of journalism in each country or region.


Reports Without Borders:

  • Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) or Reporters Without Borders 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).