India Ranking in Press Freedom Index: Of course, the press is called the fourth pillar of democracy and many things are talked about its freedom and independence, but its condition is not good in India. Press freedom is worrying in India with countless media houses and India is constantly lagging behind in this matter. It is not us, but the report released by ‘Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) is saying. According to this report, India is ranked 150th in the World Press Freedom Index. Last year, India was at number 142 in this.
Same situation in neighboring countries
Many more surprising things have come to the fore in this report released on Tuesday. In this, except Nepal Nepal, the ranking of other neighboring countries of India has also fallen significantly. Pakistan is at 157th, Sri Lanka at 146th, Bangladesh at 162nd and Myanmar at 176th. This ranking is for a total of 180 countries.
Nepal’s situation improves
According to the RSF 2022 World Press Freedom Index, Nepal has moved up to 76th position in the global rankings, compared to 106th last year. On the other hand, Pakistan was placed at 145th, Sri Lanka at 127th, Bangladesh at 152nd and Myanmar at 140th.
These are the top-5 countries
In terms of independence, this year Norway is at number one, Denmark is at number two, Sweden is at number three, Estonia is at number four and Finland is at number five. North Korea is at the bottom of the list of 180 countries and territories in the ranking. Russia, which is at war with Ukraine, has been placed at number 155 in this ranking, down from 150 last year. At the same time, China has come to 175th place this time, last year China was at 177th place.
Appeal to the Government of India
“On World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders and nine other human rights organizations urge Indian authorities to stop targeting journalists and online critics for their work,” the international non-profit organization said in a statement on its website. .’ The Indian government should stop prosecuting them especially under terrorism and sedition laws.
Officers should also respect the right to freedom
Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) said that ‘Indian authorities should respect the right to freedom of expression and release and target any journalist detained on politically motivated charges for critical reporting and The throttling of independent media must stop. The RSAP further stated that, ‘the targeting of journalists by the authorities as well as the widespread crackdown on dissent has led Hindu nationalists to threaten, harass and abuse journalists critical of the Indian government, both online and offline. is encouraged.
Three organizations of India reacted
Reacting to the RSF 2022 World Press Freedom Index, three Indian journalist organizations said in a joint statement, “Job insecurity has increased, while attacks on press freedom have seen a sharp increase.” For all these reasons, India has not performed very well in the rankings.
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