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World Press Freedom Index 2013
May 6, 2013   Latest G K

    India has dropped nine places to 140 in the list of 179 countries in the 2013 World Press Freedom Index.
    India is at its lowest since 2002 because of increasing impunity for violence against journalists and because Internet censorship continues to grow.
    Four journalists were killed in India – the world’s biggest democracy – in 2012.

    It makes India worse than countries that are usually considered miserly with freedom of information – Niger, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, UAE, South Sudan, Chad and Afghanistan.
    The list is topped by three European countries — Finland, Netherlands and Norway.
    Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea continue to be at the bottom of the list as has been in the last three years.
    The Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organization’s assessment of the countries’ press freedom records in the previous year.
    According to the report, in almost all parts of the world, influential countries, including India, that are regarded as “regional models” have fallen in the index.
    Observing that there was a general decline in freedom of information in South Asia, the report said the Indian subcontinent was the region in Asia that saw the sharpest deterioration in the climate for those involved in news and information in 2012


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