Sunday, November 19, 2017
ADVT 
International

China World's Biggest Prison For Journalists, India Better Than Pakistan: Report

Darpan News Desk IANS, 04 Nov, 2017
  • China World's Biggest Prison For Journalists, India Better Than Pakistan: Report
China fared poorly in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index prepared by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and was deemed as the country with the most number of journalists behind bars. The country was also rated one of the most dangerous for journalists.
 
China, where the media is under strict state-control, has been ranked 176 of the 180 countries included in the report. Even Vietnam - another country with a high number of jailed journalists - fares marginally better and is ranked 175. 
 
In the same report, India fares better than Pakistan and is placed 136th - three ranks above its neighbour where killing by terrorists and mafia has emerged as a massive threat. However, although the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has listed 60 journalists who have been killed in Pakistan since 1994, the country does not make it to the 'Most Dangerous' list.
 
On expected lines, North Korea is ranked last at 180 while war-ravaged Syria is at 177 - one rank worse than China.
 
On the other end of the report are the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark which make the top-five, along with The Netherlands.
 
So, how is the list of most dangerous countries for journalists prepared. Following is what the website of Reporters Without Borders says:
 
The degree of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries is determined by pooling the responses of experts to a questionnaire devised by RSF. This qualitative analysis is combined with quantitative data on abuses and acts of violence against journalists during the period evaluated. 
 
The criteria evaluated in the questionnaire are pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.

MORE International ARTICLES

Indian American Lawyer Manisha Singh Wins Senate OK To Be Assistant Secretary Of State

Indian American Lawyer Manisha Singh Wins Senate OK To Be Assistant Secretary Of State

Singh was chief counsel and senior policy adviser to Senator Dan Sullivan till now. Her nomination was confirmed by a voice vote in block along with several other diplomatic nominations.

Indian American Lawyer Manisha Singh Wins Senate OK To Be Assistant Secretary Of State

WATCH: 14-Yr-Old Sikh Boy Beaten In US Because He Is Of Indian Descent, Family Claims 'Hate Crime'

WATCH: 14-Yr-Old Sikh Boy Beaten In US Because He Is Of Indian Descent, Family Claims 'Hate Crime'

The boy wearing a traditional Sikh turban was beaten less than a block outside of the city's Kentridge High School. The assault happened last week and has since drawn outrage from the boy's family,s reported.

WATCH: 14-Yr-Old Sikh Boy Beaten In US Because He Is Of Indian Descent, Family Claims 'Hate Crime'

Indian-Origin MP Lisa Nandy Confronts UK PM Theresa May On Sexual Abuse 'Cover-Up'

Indian-Origin MP Lisa Nandy Confronts UK PM Theresa May On Sexual Abuse 'Cover-Up'

Lisa Nandy's intervention during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons came amid an intensifying storm around cases of sexual misconduct involving British politicians

Indian-Origin MP Lisa Nandy Confronts UK PM Theresa May On Sexual Abuse 'Cover-Up'

Mohammad Ali Jinnah's Only Daughter, Dina Wadia, Passes Away At 98 In New York

Mohammad Ali Jinnah's Only Daughter, Dina Wadia, Passes Away At 98 In New York

Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Rattanbai Petit, passed away in New York on Thursday, sources in Mumbai and New York confirmed.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah's Only Daughter, Dina Wadia, Passes Away At 98 In New York