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India has slipped three notches in the World Press Freedom Index 2017. In the list of 180 countries mapped, India stands at 136, down from last year’s 133, colour-coded again in red to show the situation as “difficult”.

World Press Freedom Index 2017

World Press Freedom Index 2017

World Press Freedom Index 2017


  • The report marks the sub-continent all red, except Nepal that is a shade better with a noticeable problem.
  • India does not find mention in the chapter dedicated to the overall analysis of the rankings; the country chapter is titled “Threat from Modi’s nationalism”.
  • Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of anti-national thought from the national debate, self-censorship is growing in the mainstream media
  • The rankings, which are released annually, are an indicator of the freedom afforded to journalists in different countries and also evaluates the ‘intensity of attacks’ on journalistic freedom during the past year
  • We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies
  • Among India’s neighboring countries,
Image of the India’s neighboring countries

Image of the India’s Neighboring Countries

Image of the India’s neighboring countries

  • The report shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels.

Press Freedom Index

  • The World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states.
  • The Index is a point of reference that is quoted by media throughout the world and is used by diplomats and international entities such as the United Nations and the World Bank.
  • World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders

What Does It Measure

  • The Index ranks 180 countries 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
  • It does not rank public policies even if governments obviously have a major impact on their country’s ranking.

Criteria and Indicators

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Image of the Criteria and Indicators

Image of the Criteria and indicators

- Published/Last Modified on: May 1, 2017

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