Context: India retains 142nd position out of 180 countries in World Press Freedom Index 2021.
World Press Freedom Index is published by Paris based not-for profit body Reporters Without Borders (RSF) since 2002.
The Indexranks countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists. The parameters include pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.
The index isnot an indicator on the quality of journalism.
In the 2021 report, India is among the countries classified “bad” for journalismand is termed by the report as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists trying to do their jobs properly.
The top three countries in the 2021 index are Norway, Finland and Denmark.