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World Press Freedom Index UPSC Notes

World Press Freedom Index Why low rank for India – Challenges in Indian context – Way forward (Prelims, Mains GS2

World Press Freedom Index

What is the World Press Freedom Index?

  • Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) or Reporters Without Borders has published it every year since 2002.
  • 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).
  • The Index ranks countries and regions based on the level of journalistic freedom they have.

Scoring Criteria

  • based on a score assigned to each country or territory ranging from 0 to 100, with 100 being the best possible score (highest possible level of press freedom) and 0 being the worst.
  • Five contextual indicators are used to assess each country or territory's score: political context, legal framework, economic context, sociocultural context, and safety.

Ranking of Countries:

  • Top and Worst Performers:
    • Norway (1st) Denmark (2nd), Sweden (3rd) Estonia (4th) and Finland (5th) grabbed the top positions.
    • North Korea remained at the bottom of the list of the 180 countries.
  • India has dropped eight places from 142nd to 150th place among 180 countries in 2022.
  • Since 2016, when India was ranked 133, it has consistently dropped in the index.
  • Increased "violence against journalists" and a "politically partisan media" are the reasons for the drop in ranking.
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