Press Freedom Index measures the level of media freedom in 180 countries and is being published annually by Reporters Without Borders since 2002.
India ranked 140 out of 180 in the Press freedom Index of 2019.
Higher ranks and scores indicate lower freedom of the Press.
The degree of freedom is determined by compiling responses of media professionals, lawyers and sociologist to a questionnaire.
The parameters that are evaluated include the level of pluralism, media independence, environment and self-censorship, legal framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.