India's rank in 'World Press Freedom Index' slips to 140.



India's rank in the World Press Freedom Index- 2019 has dropped down to 140 from 138th rank in 2018, which is two points below compared to the last year. While the Norway has secured 1st rank, for the third time, in the Index followed by Finland and Sweden.

About the Report
The, World Press Freedom Index, report is published annually by The Reporters Without Borders (RSF), based on the level of Press Freedom in 180 Countries.

The report is partly based on the questions asked about the Media independence, Pluralism, suitable environment and Legal framework for the Media, Transparency and Infrastructure including violations of the free flow of information on the Internet

The main factors, as per the report, of hitting the current ranking of the India are: Violence against journalists, including police violence, attacks by maoist fighters & retaliation by corrupt Politicians and Criminal outfits.

Year wise score of India

Country Year Rank
India 2019 140
India 2018 138
India 2017 136
India 2016 133
India 2015 136
India 2002 80

There are some very sensitive regions in India Like Jammu & Kashmir where the entry of foreign reporters is restricted and even due to limited assess of Internet, by Citizens, a violation of the Free flow of Information is often foreseen.