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National Press Day: India ranks 138 among 180 nations in press freedom

India's ranking in the Press Freedom Index has fallen two places to 138, a watchdog said in an annual report, blaming "physical violence" against journalists like Gauri Lankesh as the key reason

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Physical violence against journalists being the key issue behind the fall in rank

Physical violence against journalists being the key issue behind the fall in rank
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India's ranking in press freedom has fallen two places to 138th position among 180 countries. According to the RSF ranking, physical violence against journalists is largely responsible for India's low ranking. At least three journalists were murdered in connection with their work. More were killed in circumstances that were unclear, as is often the case in rural areas, where reporters are poorly paid. 

 

Norway ranked first in press freedom

Norway ranked first in press freedom
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Norway topped the list for having the world's freest press for the second year in a row, the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said, while North Korea remained the most repressive country followed by Eritrea, Turkmenistan, Syria and China.


 

Hate-crime is another issue plaguing India

Hate-crime is another issue plaguing India
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The report said, hate speech is also an issue in the continent's other giant, India, which has fallen another two places to the 138th spot. Ever since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014, Hindu fundamentalists have been dealing with journalists very violently.

 

An intolerant troll army

An intolerant troll army
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The report said that any investigative reporting that annoys the ruling party or any criticism of Hindutva, elicits a torrent of online insults and calls for the death of the reporter or writer responsible, most of it coming from the prime minister's troll army. The RSF cited the case of the killing of journalist-activist who was shot down outside her house in Bengaluru in September last year.

 

China's ranking unchanged at 175th spot for second year

China's ranking unchanged at 175th spot for second year
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Underlining that China's censorship and surveillance have reached unprecedented levels due to the massive use of new technology, the RSF said foreign reporters are finding it harder to work and ordinary citizens can now be jailed just for sharing content on a social network or during a private chat on a messaging service.

 


First Published: Fri, November 16 2018. 18:49 IST
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