- India ranks 136th in press freedom report: Reporters Without Borders
- India fell 3 spots as Pakistan climbed 8 to 139, China at 176
- Globally, media freedom has never been so threatened, says group
Globally, press freedom has never been as threatened as it is now, in the "new post-truth era of fake news" after the election of US President Donald Trump, the non-profit said. Its annual World Press Freedom Index warned of the "highly toxic" media-bashing of Trump's election campaign and Britain's Brexit referendum.
The situation is at "a tipping point" and "media freedom has never been so threatened", it said bluntly.
Media freedom is being undermined by the rise in surveillance and of authoritarian strongmen across the globe, the watchdog said. The US and Britain both slipped two places in the index to 43rd and 40th, RSF said.
The RSF index found that in the past year nearly two thirds of the countries had registered a deterioration in their situation, while the number of countries where the media freedom situation was "good" or "fairly good" fell by more than two percent.
North Korea 'least free'
Norway came out top of the index with the world's freest media.
At the other end of the scale, North Korea took bottom place from another repressive closed state, Eritrea, which has propped up the table for a decade.
China, war-torn Syria -- the deadliest country for journalists -- and Turkmenistan complete the bottom five.
Italy showed the biggest improvement, rising 25 places to 52nd place thanks to the acquittal of journalists tried in the Vatileaks II case, which exposed scandal at the top of the Catholic Church.
(With inputs from AFP)
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