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Africa in 2018 World Press Freedom Index: Ghana among the best while Eritrea the worst

Africa in 2018 World Press Freedom Index: Ghana among the best while Eritrea the worst

According to a report by the reporters without Borders (RSF), the West African nation of Ghana has the continent’s best atmosphere for media personnel.

Published on Wednesday in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Ghana defeated Namibia who was among the tops in 2017. Ghana is at the 23rd position on the list of 180 country, sandwiched between Samoa and Latvia on 22nd and 24th respectively.

Namibia in 26th and South Africa in 28th slot completed the top three slots for Africa. However Eritrea was at the bottom and was ranked at 179th, Africa’s worst placement.  While others who are not in the free bracket were Sudan, Egypt, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti and Somalia.

Since 2002 the ranking is published yearly by the RSF, the World Press Freedom Index measures the level of media freedom in 180 countries, including the level of pluralism, media independence, and respect for the safety and freedom of journalists.

The 2018 Index takes account of violations that took place between January 1st and December 31st 2017.