The India Press Freedom Report 2021 was recently released by the Rights and Risks Analysis Group (RRAG) a New Delhi-based rights group.
Key Findings of India Press Freedom Report 2021
- The highest number of journalists or media organisations targeted was in J&K (25), followed by Uttar Pradesh (23), Madhya Pradesh (16), Tripura (15), Delhi (8), Bihar (6), Assam (5), Haryana and Maharashtra (4 each), Goa and Manipur (3 each), Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal (2 each), and Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Kerala (1 each).
- While J&K recorded the maximum attacks by State actors, Tripura had the most cases of attacks by non-State actors.
- The widespread attacks on the press freedom from J&K to Tripura are an indicator of the continuing deterioration of civic space in the country.
- The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, is an affirmation of the government’s intent to crack down on media freedom.
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