News Excerpt
Recently, Freedom in the World 2020 report has been released.

Pre-Connect
•    Freedom in the World is Freedom House’s flagship annual report, assessing the condition of political rights and civil liberties around the world.
•    It is composed of numerical ratings and supporting descriptive texts for 195 countries and 15 territories.
•    Freedom in the World has been published since 1973, allowing Freedom House to track global trends in freedom over more than 40 years.
•    It has become the most widely read and cited report of its kind, used on a regular basis by policymakers, journalists, academics, activists, and many others.

India’s performance
    The Freedom in the World 2020 report ranks India at the 83rd position.
    India’s score fell by four points to 71, the worst decline among the world’s 25 largest democracies this year.
    Only Tunisia has received a lower score than India in the 'free countries' category of 85 nations. India's score was 77 in 2017.

Key Finding of the report on India
    One of the main reasons is India’s Kashmir policy after abrogating Article 370, the National Register of Citizens for Assam, passage of contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and frequent internet shutdowns across the country.
    The Indian government has taken its Hindu nationalist agenda to a new level with a succession of policies that abrogate the rights of different segments of its Muslim population, threatening the democratic future of a country.
    It also highlights the spread of fake news and manipulated content, creating political divide. The internet shutdown in Kashmir, has no doubt, contributed to India's performance in terms of internet freedom.
    Controversies also continued around Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric identification system, and a problematic draft data protection bill remained in limbo.
    The report states that "democracy and pluralism are under assault" across the world

PEPPER IT WITH
Article 19, Free Will, Degree of Freedom