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2021 Press Freedom: World’s Most Dangerous Countries For Journalism, India Ranks 142

World's Most Dangerous Countries For Journalism, India Ranks 142

The “2021 World Press Freedom Index” published by reporters without borders was released on 20th April 2021. India continued to remain at the rank of 142 out of 180 for the second consecutive year. India was termed as a “bad” country for journalism along with Russia, Mexico and Brazil, and is referred to as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists who are trying to do their job right. In 2016 India was at a rank of 133, since then the country has had a consistent downfall in its ranking.

World's Most Dangerous Countries For Journalism, India Ranks 142

The Tuesday report consisted of 180 countries, that included:

Norway – 1,

Finland – 2,

Denmark – 3,

Nepal -106,

Sri Lanka – 127,

Myanmar – 140,

Pakistan – 145,

Bangladesh – 152,

China – 177,

Turkmenistan – 178,

North Korea – 179,

Eritrea – 180.

World's Most Dangerous Countries For Journalism, India Ranks 142

The Indian Bharatha Janata party and their Hindutva ideology supporters are reported to have created a disturbing platform for journalists branding them as “Anti-National” or “Anti-State”. Narendra Modi as the prime minister has held a firm grip on the media. These statements are justified by the incident that involved the killing of 4 journalists for their work in 2020.

World's Most Dangerous Countries For Journalism, India Ranks 142

The article also highlighted other incidents that involved mistreatment of journalists, the article states that true journalism is the only vaccine against disinformation. It is esteemed that only 12 among 180 countries are offering a favorable environment for the journalist.

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