Covid-19: India drops 2 places on World Press Freedom Index, as watchdog warns of pandemic’s impact

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Media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontières on Tuesday said the coming decade will be decisive for the future of journalism, with the coronavirus pandemic “highlighting and amplifying the many crises that threaten the right to freely reported, independent, diverse and reliable information”. …

India found itself two positions lower in the latest press freedom index. India is ranked at the 142nd position.… The report also cited the longest “electronic curfew” in the history in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, when the Indian authorities stripped the region of its special status and bifurcated it into Union Territories.…

The report also mentioned the economic threats to the future of journalism such as job cuts gutting newsrooms. It said that a weak regulation of digital technologies has created “information chaos, blurring lines between fact, fiction, propaganda and advertising”.

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