Important Facts For Prelims (24th April 2019) | 24 Apr 2019

Press Freedom Index

  • 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.
Rank/Country Score
1. Norway 7.82
2. Finland 7.90
3. Sweden 8.31
4. Netherlands 8.63
5. Denmark 9.87