World Press Freedom Index 2022: India ranked 150th
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released the 20th World
Press Freedom Index 2022, which assesses the state of journalism in 180
countries and territories.
The Index highlights the disastrous effects of news
and information chaos - the effects of a globalised and unregulated online
information space that encourages fake news and propaganda.
India’s ranking in the Index has fallen down to 150th
position from last year’s 142nd rank.
The ranking of India’s neighbours, except that of Nepal, has
also slid down, with the index placing.
Nepal has climbed up by 30 points in
the global ranking at 76th position.
Pakistan at 157th position, Sri Lanka 146th, Bangladesh
162nd and Maynmar at 176th position.
Norway (1st) Denmark (2nd), Sweden (3rd) Estonia (4th) and
Finland (5th) grabbed the top positions, while North Korea remained at the
bottom of the list of the 180 countries and territories.
Russia was placed at 155th position, down from 150th last
year, while China climbed up by two positions with the Reporters Without
Borders placing it at 175th position. Last year, China was placed at 177th
The invasion of Ukraine (106th) by Russia (155th) at the end
of February reflects this process, as the physical conflict was preceded by a