Indian media enjoy absolute freedom, says I&B minister Prakash Javadekar, as India falls two places on the World Press Freedom Index

NEW DELHI: Information and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar He said Sunday that he enjoys absolute freedom in India, and that the government will expose those polls that tend to portray a bad image of press freedom in the country.

Javadekar's comments were in the context of the latest report compiled by the global body, Reporters without borders That says India has dropped two places in the world ranking from 140 to 142, in a list of 180 countries. The survey also says that India's neighbors - Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka - rank higher than India on the press freedom index. The survey also said that the government-imposed communications blackout, which makes it difficult for journalists to report on what's happening in the region, has played a major role in the decline of India's ranking.

The World Press Freedom Index 2020, published on April 22, said that although the security situation for journalists in India improved because there were no killings of journalists in 2019, compared to six in 2018, there were constant violations of freedom of journalists. press, including police violence against journalists, ambushes by political activists, and retaliation instigated by criminal groups or corrupt local officials.

India went from 122 in 2010 to 142 this year, falling 20 places in a decade. While Norway ranks first in the Index, China ranks 177th, while worst is 180th.

However, Javadekar argued that the media have the power to inform and enlighten people. “The media in India enjoy absolute freedom. We will expose, sooner rather than later, those polls that tend to portray a bad image of press freedom in India, he said on Twitter.

Congress, the main opposition party, however, alluded to the World Press Freedom Index and India's deteriorating ranking to allege that the press is under attack by the BJP. India fell two places on the World Press Freedom Index to 142. In commemoration, we must remember that the BJP is hell-bent on destroying this fourth pillar of democracy and we should not let that happen, Congress said on Twitter, adding that Journalists in the country should not be afraid.

We would say to all journalists (don't panic), Congress said on Twitter.