Press Freedom Index 2018: Worst Ranking African Countries

The World Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organisation’s own assessment of the countries’ press freedom records in the previous year.

Press Freedom Index 2018: Worst Ranking African Countries
A Kenyan journalist protest in the capital, Nairobi, against new laws restricting media freedom

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.

According to the 2018 world press freedom index Ranking released on Wednesday 25th, Eritrea is the worst African country in press freedom index 2018, they are closely followed by Sudan, Djibouti, Equitorial guinea and Somalia.

The African countries mentioned above make up the Top 5 worst African countries in thus years press freedom ranking.

See the top 20 Worst ranking African countries in press freedom below, according to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

1. Eritrea
2. Sudan
3. Djibouti
4. Equitorial Guinea
5. Somalia
6. Libya
7. Egypt
8. Burundi
9. Rwanda
10. D.R Congo
11. Swaziland
12. Ethiopia
13. South Sudan
14. Algeria
15. Morocco
16. Cameroon
17. Zimbabwe
18. Gambia
19. Angola
20. Nigeria


The degree of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries is determined by pooling the responses of experts to a questionnaire devised by RSF.

This qualitative analysis is combined with quantitative data on abuses and acts of violence against journalists during the period evaluated. The criteria evaluated in the questionnaire are pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.

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Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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