Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the list of 37 heads of state or government that the global reporters without borders (RSF) has identified as ‘predators of press freedom’. The entry against Modi notes how his “close ties with billionaire businessmen who own vast media empires” has helped him spread his nationalist- populist ideology through continued coverage of his “extremely divisive and derogatory” speeches.
This is the first time since 2016 that RSF is publishing such a list. Seventeen of the heads identified as ‘predators’ are new entrants. Thirteen of the 37 in the list are from the Asia-Pcific region.
For each of the predators, RSF has compiled a file identifying their ‘predatory method,’ their press release notes.
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