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PM Modi “Press Freedom Predator”, Riding On National Populism and Disinformation: RSF

Press Freedom is a sensitive issue in India. You say there’s no press freedom and someone might as well ask you to go to Pakistan then. But then you also regularly have incidences where journalists are targetted, harassed online and offline, threatened, jailed for stories they cover and whatnot. So as I said, it is a very sensitive issue. From 2016 onwards India has consistently slid down on the World Press Freedom Index. Currently, it is at 142nd rank. which is same as last year. But that makes us country in the ranks with Pakistan and Bangladesh etc in terms of Press Freedom index. Even Nepal and Bhutan have better ranking than India. This report By Reporters Without Borders, a media watchdog said that India shares the “bad” classification with Brazil, Mexico and Russia. Now Reporters Without Borders, has published another report in which it has listed leaders from around the world who are classified as “press freedom predators”. And the report has also named Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its list of 37 heads of states who have astronomically suppressed Press Freedom in their respective countries.

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