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World Press Freedom Index 2018: India ranked poorly, journalists being silenced

SAARC nations: Afghanistan (118), Bhutan(94), Nepal(106), the Maldives (120),and Sri Lanka(131), all performed better than India; with Pakistan (139) and Bangladesh (146) performing worse.

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The murder of journalist-turned-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru and other indicators such as hate speeches, trolling on social media and attacks on journalists has pushed India to the 138th spot on the World Press Freedom Index. Read on for a detailed view of how other countries rank on the list. (Image: Reuters)
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The murder of journalist-turned-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru and other indicators such as hate speeches, trolling on social media and attacks on journalists has pushed India to the 138th spot on the World Press Freedom Index. Read on for a detailed view of how other countries rank on the list. (Image: Reuters)

North Korea | Kim Jong Un's country was ranked last at 180 in the index. (Image: Reuters)
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North Korea | Kim Jong Un's country was ranked last at 180 in the index. (Image: Reuters)

China | The Xi Jinping-led country was ranked 176 with its extremely curtailed model of news. According to the report, such tightly controlled models that suppress dissent are influencing other South-Asian countries. (Image: Reuters)
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China | The Xi Jinping-led country was ranked 176 with its extremely curtailed model of news. According to the report, such tightly controlled models that suppress dissent are influencing other South-Asian countries. (Image: Reuters)

Iraq | The country was ranked 160th and was termed a "media black hole" in the report. In the picture above, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari seen addressing a press conference. (Image: Reuters)
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Iraq | The country was ranked 160th and was termed a "media black hole" in the report. In the picture above, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari seen addressing a press conference. (Image: Reuters)

Russia | Vladimir Putin’s country has been ranked at 148, courtesy media outlets such as RT and Sputnik that further the leader's propaganda. (Image: Reuters)
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Russia | Vladimir Putin’s country has been ranked at 148, courtesy media outlets such as RT and Sputnik that further the leader's propaganda. (Image: Reuters)

India | The country was ranked at the 135th spot in 2017, dropped to the 138th spot this year. The report mentions that at least four journalists have been gunned down in India in the previous year, with the Modi government at the helm of affairs. (Image: Reuters)
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India | The country was ranked at the 135th spot in 2017, dropped to the 138th spot this year. The report mentions that at least four journalists have been gunned down in India in the previous year, with the Modi government at the helm of affairs. (Image: Reuters)

The Philippines | Under President Rodrigo Duterte, the country dropped six spots and occupied the 133rd sport as media persons are not only humiliated by him, but also threatened. He had earlier said that journalists “are not exempted from assassination.” (Image: Reuters)
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The Philippines | Under President Rodrigo Duterte, the country dropped six spots and occupied the 133rd sport as media persons are not only humiliated by him, but also threatened. He had earlier said that journalists “are not exempted from assassination.” (Image: Reuters)

Syria | The war-ravaged country was ranked at the 117th spot. The RSF attributed this to the perpetual state of conflict that the country is witnessing. (Image: Reuters)
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Syria | The war-ravaged country was ranked at the 117th spot. The RSF attributed this to the perpetual state of conflict that the country is witnessing. (Image: Reuters)

US | The Donald Trump-led country has fallen two places to 45 after he assumed office and was seen brazenly bash the media, even referring to reporters as “enemies of the people”, a term used by Joseph Stalin once. (Image: Reuters)
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US | The Donald Trump-led country has fallen two places to 45 after he assumed office and was seen brazenly bash the media, even referring to reporters as “enemies of the people”, a term used by Joseph Stalin once. (Image: Reuters)

Czech Republic | President Milos Zeman turned up at press conference with a fake Kalashnikov inscribed with the words “for journalists.” The country's press freedom index is down 11 spots at 34. (Image: Reuters)
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Czech Republic | President Milos Zeman turned up at press conference with a fake Kalashnikov inscribed with the words “for journalists.” The country's press freedom index is down 11 spots at 34. (Image: Reuters)

Slovakia | Prime Minister Robert Fico called journalists “filthy anti-Slovak prostitutes” and “idiotic hyenas,” that pushed the country 10 spots to 25. Banners with portraits of Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico are seen on the fence of the building of the Government of the Slovak Republic during a march in honour of murdered Slovak investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova. (Image: Reuters)
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Slovakia | Prime Minister Robert Fico called journalists “filthy anti-Slovak prostitutes” and “idiotic hyenas,” that pushed the country 10 spots to 25. Banners with portraits of Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico are seen on the fence of the building of the Government of the Slovak Republic during a march in honour of murdered Slovak investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova. (Image: Reuters)

Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and Finaland | Having outperformed themselves on the index Norway was ranked first for the second consecutive year, followed by Sweden, the Netherlands and Finland. (Image: Reuters)
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Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and Finaland | Having outperformed themselves on the index Norway was ranked first for the second consecutive year, followed by Sweden, the Netherlands and Finland. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Apr 28, 2018 02:54 pm
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