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World Press Freedom Index 2023

World Press Freedom Index 2023:

India’s ranking in the recently released 2023 World Press Freedom Index has slipped to 161 out of 180 countries.

Highlights of the 2023 Report:

  • India is ranked 161 out of 180 countries. Press freedom in India has gone from “problematic” to “very bad”, with the country slipping 11 ranks since the 2022 report.
  • Except for Bangladesh (163), Myanmar (173) and China (179), all other neighbours have a better rank than India — Bhutan (90), Nepal (95), Sri Lanka (135), Pakistan (150), Afghanistan (152).
  • India was positioned 169 in political indicators while it was 144 in legislative, 155 in economic, 143 in social indicators and 172 in the safety of journalists.
  • Norway is ranked first for the seventh consecutive year.

World Press Freedom Index:

  • It is an annual report published by the global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
  • Purpose is Compare the level of freedom enjoyed by journalists and media in 180 countries and territories.
  • The ranking is based on five categories — political, legislative, economic, sociocultural and safety of journalists.