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In the World Press Freedom Index, India ranked 159th

Published on May 04, 2024
Current Context: The World Press Freedom Index is an annual report released by the global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
In the World Press Freedom Index, India ranked 159th
  • The 2024 edition of this index was published on May 3, 2024.
  • The index ranks 180 countries based on the ability of journalists to work and report freely and independently.
  • The press freedom questionnaire covers five categories: political context, legal framework, economic context, sociocultural context, and security.
  • It only deals with press freedom and does not measure the quality of journalism in the countries it assesses, nor does it look at human rights violations in general.
  • Norway topped the ranking, while Denmark was on the second rank.
  • As for India, its rank improved from 161 in 2023 to 159 in 2024, but this was because other countries had slipped in their rankings.
  • Scores for India dropped (worsened) in all but the security indicator.
  • India is ranked behind Turkey, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, which are ranked at positions 158, 152, and 150, respectively.


Q.1 What was India’s rank in the World Press Freedom Index in 2024?
a. 158
b. 159
c. 160
d. 161
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