2016 World Media Freedom Index is declared and the rank of India is terribly low. Among 180 countries, India ranks terribly low at no. 133. In the latest annual World Press Freedom Index 2016 which says Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems “indifferent” to the threats posed to journalists.
The 2016 ‘World Press Freedom Index’ released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is led by Finland. Finland has retained its top spot for the 6th consecutive year and Netherlands and Norway are leading after Finland.
India’s rank was 136th in 2015 so it has improved for 3 spots. “Journalists and bloggers are attacked and anathematised by various religious groups that are quick to take offense,” the report said. It is hard for journalists to cover regions such as Kashmir that are regarded as sensitive by the government in India.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems indifferent to these threats and problems, and there is no mechanism for protecting journalists. Instead, in a desire to increase control of media coverage, Modi envisages opening a journalism university run by former propaganda ministry officials.”
Pakistan ranks 147, Sri Lanka on 141, Afghanistan on 120, Bangladesh on 144, Nepal on 105 and Bhutan on 94 while China is ranked 176, very far from India. The United States is ranked 44th and Russia, 148.
The report shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels.
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