Published on: December 22, 2021

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX

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ABOUT

  • Published annually by Reporters Without Borders since 2002
  • Measures the level of media freedom in 180 countries
  • Based on an evaluation of media freedom that measures pluralism, media independence, the quality of the legal framework and the safety of journalists.
  • Includes indicators of the level of media freedom violations in each region.
  • Compiled by means of a questionnaire in 20 languages that is completed by experts all over the world

2021 ANALYSIS

  • Norway topped the index for the fifth year in a row.
  • The report labelled 132 countries as “very bad”, “bad” or “problematic”.
  • India remained at the 142nd position among 180 countries, in the “bad” category, along with Brazil, Mexico and Russia.
  • In 2016, India’s rank was 133, which has steadily climbed down to 142 in 2020.