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Thursday, 18 April 2019 05:29

World Press Freedom Index: India slips further

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Once again, India’s poor press freedom caused a downward fall on the scale of World Press Freedom Index, as it has dropped two places on a global press freedom index to be ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the annual Reporters Without Borders analysis released on 18 April.

Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), or Reporters Without Borders, is a non-profit organisation that works to document and combat attacks on journalists around the world. 

Norway topped the list, while report found an increased sense of hostility towards journalists across the world, with violent attacks in India leading to at least six Indian journalists being killed in the line of their work last year.

The report said: "Violence against journalists including police violence, attacks by Maoist fighters and reprisals by criminal groups or corrupt politicians is one of the most striking characteristics of the current state of press freedom in India. At least six Indian journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2018. A number of doubts surround a seventh case.”

These murders highlighted the many dangers that Indian journalists face, especially those working for non-English-language media outlets in rural areas, it said. Attacks against journalists by supporters of ruling BJP increased in the run-up to general elections in the spring of 2019, the analysis alleged. 

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