The rank of India has decreased by two places to 142nd from 140th position with a score of 45.33 in the “The World Press Freedom Index 2020” which has analysed 180 countries. This decline in rank is showing an improvement in the security of Indian media as in 2019 there was no murders of journalists were recorded as against six in 2018. However, constant press freedom violations still remain, including police violence against journalists, ambushes by political activists, and reprisals instigated by criminal groups or corrupt local officials.
- The World Press Freedom Index is compiled by Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), or Reporters Without Borders.
- The index has been topped by Norway with a score of 7.84 while North Korea stood at last rank of 180 with a score of 85.82.
About World Press Freedom Index
Since 2002 it is published annually by RSF to rank 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists.
It is a non-profit organisation that works to document and combat attacks on journalists around the world.
Secretary-General– Christophe Deloire
Headquarter– Paris, France