India’s press freedom ranking falls by two points
india’s ranking in the World Press Freedom index has come down to 138, two notches from the last year, says a report released by global media watchdog reporters Without Borders. Among 180 countries mapped by the Paris-based reporters sans Frontieres (rsf), india scored 43.24 and stands at 138, down from last year’s 136, colour-coded in red highlighting the situation as “difficult”. India’s rank is just one place above Pakistan. The index measures the level of media freedom in 180 countries, including the level of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship, the legal framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information. it mentioned “hate speeches” and targetting of journalists by trolls. “ever since narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014, Hindu fundamentalists have been referring to journalists in extremely violent terms,” the report said. “Any investigative reporting that annoys the ruling party or any criticism of Hindutva, elicits a torrent of online insults and calls for the death the reporter or writer responsible, most of it coming from the prime minister’s troll army.” it also cited the killing of journalist gauri lankesh in 2017. Meanwhile, norway is first for the second consecutive year, followed by sweden. russia stands at 148th rank and China at 176th. According to the report, a growing animosity towards journalists is among the worst threats to democracies.