World Press Freedom Index 2016:India ranked 133

Date: April 21, 2016

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India ranks 133rd out of 180 countries listed in the World Press Freedom Index 2016, released by NGO Reporters Without Borders. India jumped three places compared with last year's ranking. The report published annually, the rankings are based on freedom allowed to journalists in countries around the world.

The 2016 ‘World Press Freedom Index’ released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is led by Finland, which retained its top spot for the sixth consecutive year, followed by the Netherlands and Norway.

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Among India’s neighbouring countries, Pakistan ranks 147, Sri Lanka (141), Afghanistan (120), Bangladesh (144), Nepal (105) and Bhutan (94). China is ranked 176.

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.