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World Press Freedom Index 2021

  • 22nd April, 2021
  • The World Press Freedom Index 2021 produced by 'Reporters Without Borders' (RSF), a French NGO. This evaluates the press freedom situation in 180 countries.
  • The index shows tha journalism as main vaccine against disinformation. Out of 180 countries evaluated, 73% are classified as having 'very bad', 'bad' or 'problematic' environment for press freedom, and are identified accordingly in black, red or orange on the World Press Freedom map.
  • Norway is ranked first in the index for the fifth year, Finland maintained it's position in second place while Sweden recovered it's third place. The 2021 index demonstrates the success of these Nordic nations' approach towards upholding press freedom. China, however ranked 177th out of 180 countries.
  • India placed at 142nd rank. The RSF report says that India is one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists trying to do their job properly. They are exposed to every kind of attack, including police violence against reporters, ambushes by political activists, and reprisals instigated by criminal groups or corrupt local officials.
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