India slides 9 ranks in press freedom  

As the world celebrates world press freedom day, India needs to retrospect it’s press freedom, India has come down to 142nd rank in the list of 180 countries in terms of press freedom

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As the world celebrates world press freedom day, India is disappointed

India's ranking in press freedom has gone down drastically in last four years

World press freedom day is celebrated worldwide on 3 May every year

The purpose is to determine the freedom of the press and the safety of journalists worldwide.

Unfortunately, India ranks very low in terms of press freedom.

India is at number 142 on the World Press Freedom Index list of 180 countries.

India's position has been steadily falling for the last four years

In this case India lags behind its neighboring countries Nepal (112), Bhutan (67).

India's position has been sliding down for the last four years.

India was ranked 133 in 2016, having slipped three points to 136 in 2017

It further dropped down to rank 138 in 2018, 140 in 2019 and 142 in 2020.


India's position has been falling by two points each for the last three years

According to a report, there have been 198 attacks on journalists in India from 2014 to 2019.

There were 36 attacks in the year 2019. While 40 journalists have been killed in these attacks

In one third cases of total attacks,no FIR has been reported

Norway is ranked first in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index and North Korea is last

In India very few press organisations are working with freedom

According to experts, most of them have become mouthpieces of the government

Many other work under pressure from the government due to various reasons

Many media houses in India have lost their freedom due to revenue driven journalism

Corona pandemic has also impacted the media worldwide.

In many countries including China, Iran and Iraq, media reported wrongly due to pressure from the government

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