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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Reporters sans frontieres - Third Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index

India ranks a lowly 120th (out of 167) in the third annual worldwide press freedom index. Many countries in war/civil war rank above India (countries at war usually supress the press). Many poor countries rank above India. Most of the countries at the top are European, followed by the Africa and Americas. Almost all of Asia is clustered around the bottom, getting nine of the bottom ten spots. A sole exception is New Zealand (9th), the highest ranked non-European country.

According to the report,
Countries such as the Philippines (111th), India (120th) and Indonesia (117th) figure in the bottom half of the index despite having free and lively independent media, since killings and physical attacks on journalists, along with outdated laws, still prevent a full flowering of the press.

Violence against the media in India rarely comes from the authorities but from political activists and in Kashmir from armed groups.


Preetam said...

Well there is certainly a lot of intimidation from the politicians in India. Look at the way they tried to shut down after they exposed the arms deal.

I think badly need a model like the Korean where the citizen is the reporter.

Siddhi said...

Yes, thats exactly the problem mentioned in the report. It is not a regular occurance, but happens every once in a while.