Berlin [Germany], Feb 23 (ANI): India has been ranked 81st on the global corruption perception index 2017, in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia-Pacific region, as per a report released by Transparency International (TI).
TI said in a statement, "In some countries across the region (Asia Pacific), journalists, activists, Opposition leaders and even staff of law enforcement or watchdog agencies are threatened, and in the worst cases, even murdered."
"Philippines, India and the Maldives are among the worst regional offenders in this respect. These countries score high for corruption and have fewer press freedoms and a higher number of journalist deaths," it added.
In the latest ranking, New Zealand and Denmark occupied the first two spots at the top of the index, with scores of 89 and 88 respectively.
On the other hand, Syria (178th), South Sudan (179th) and Somalia (180th) were ranked the lowest in the index, with scores of 14, 12 and nine.
Among other South Asian countries, Bhutan fared the best with a ranking of 26th.
Other countries include Pakistan (117th), Afghanistan (177th), Nepal (122th), Myanmar (130th), Bangladesh (143rd), the Maldives (112th) and Sri Lanka (91st).
China fared a bit better than India and was ranked 77th, with a score of 41. (ANI)