RSF 2022 World Press Freedom Index

India ranked 150 on the World Press Freedom Index 2022. This index is released by the Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF).

When was this index published?

This index was published on 3rd May 2022 which also coincides with the World Press Freedom Day 2022. This index evaluates press freedom levels in 180 territories and countries across the globe.

What does the index say about India?

In this year’s index, the country slipped eight positions from 142 to 150th position. India is said to be one of the most dangerous countries for the press. In the country, an average of 3 to 4 journalists are killed each year. In this index’s inaugural edition, India was ranked 80th.

What do you mean by the World Press Freedom index?

This index has been published annually since the year 2020. This index is published by the Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) or Reporters Without Borders. This index is used to rank countries according to the press freedom levels available to the journalists of a country. The index doesn’t serve as an indicator of journalism quality.

What is the scoring criteria of this index?

The rankings are based on scores that range from 0 to 100. A score between the range is assigned to each country or region. 100 is the maximum score that can be given while 0 denotes the worst.

What is the evaluation criteria of this index?

Each region or country is evaluated by using five indicators which are:

  • legal framework
  • political context
  • sociocultural context
  • economic context
  • safety

Which are the top 5 countries in the index?

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Sweden
  4. Estonia
  5. Finland

Which are the bottom 5 countries in the index?

  1. Myanmar
  2. Turkmenistan
  3. Iran
  4. Eritrea
  5. North Korea

What is the ranking of India’s neighbouring countries?

  • Nepal- 76
  • Sri Lanka- 146
  • Pakistan- 157
  • Bangladesh- 162
  • China- 175
  • Myanmar- 176

What is the reason for the fall in India’s ranking?

According to this index, the Indian media faces huge pressure from the state as well as central governments. Also, India is one of the most dangerous countries across the globe for media persons. The journalists in the country face ambushes by several political activists, physical violence, and retribution from corrupt officials and criminal groups.

What is Reporters Sans Frontières?

RSF is an international non-governmental as well as a non-profit organization that safeguards the right to freedom of information. RSF enjoys consultative status at UNESCO, the United Nations, the International Organisation of the Francophonie, and the Council of Europe. It’s headquarter is located in Paris, France.

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