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India ranks 133 in 2016 World Press Freedom Index

In recently released 2016 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI), India ranked 133rd out of 180 nations surveyed worldwide in terms of press freedom in 2015.

In this edition, India with a score of 43.17 has jumped three spots from the 136th position it had in 2015. The Index was published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Key facts

  • Top 10 Countries: Finland (Rank 1st), Netherlands (2nd), Norway (3rd), Denmark (4th), New Zealand (5th), Costa Rica (6th), Switzerland (7th), Sweden (8th), Ireland (9th) and Jamaica (10th).
  • Finland with the score of 8.76 has retained its top spot for the sixth consecutive year.
  • India’s Neighbours: Bhutan (94), Nepal (105), Afghanistan (120), Sri Lanka (141), Bangladesh (144), Pakistan (147) and China (176).
  • The report has highlighted hat there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the regional and global levels.

About World Press Freedom Index (WPFI)

  • WPFI is compiled and produced by France-based international non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders (RWB), or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF).
  • It aims to promote and defend freedom of information and freedom of the press.
  • The index ranks the performance of countries according to index calculated based upon various parameters.
  • Some of these parameters include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.

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