Top Ranking African Countries in 2017 World Press Freedom Index (Freedom of The Press)




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.

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 2017 Index takes account of violations that took place between January 1st and December 31st 2016.

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According to the 2017 world press freedom index Ranking released on April 26th, Nigeria is 122nd globally and 32nd in Africa. Namibia tops Africa in press freedom as they are ranked 24th globally out of 180 countries, they are closely followed by Ghana and Cape Verde which respectively rank 26th and 27th globally.

South Africa, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Mauritania, Mauritius, Madagascar and Senegal complete Africa’s top 10 list.

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World Press Freedom Index 2017, Top Ranking African Countries

Overall, Africa comes out in the report as the World’s third freest region after the Americas, Europe and the Balkans.

Below are the Top Ranking African Countries in 2017 World Press Freedom Index (Freedom of The Press).

Rank Country Abuse score world Rank
1 Namibia 0 24
2 Ghana 0 26
3 Cape verde 0 27
4 South Africa 0 31
5 Burkina faso 6.93 42
6 Botswana 0 48
7 Papua N.G 0 51
8 Mauritania 13.86 55
9 Mauritius 0 56
10 Madagascar 0 57
11 Senegal 0 58
12 Malawi 0 70
13 Guinea bissau 0 77
14 Benin 0 78
15 Cote d’ivoire 21.97 81
16 Tanzania 10.99 83
17 Suerra leone 0 85
18 Togo 0 86
19 Seychelles 0 87
20 Mozambique 23.03 93
21 Liberia 16.09 94
22 Kenya 45.95 95
23 Tunisia 21.97 97
24 Guinea 45.75 101
25 Gabon 35.34 108
26 Uganda 44.19 112
27 C.A.R 6.93 113
28 Zambia 24.85 114
29 Congo brazaville 28.90 115
30 Mali 23.03 115
31 Chad 10.99 121
32 Nigeria 35.55 122
33 Angola 0 125
34 Zimbabwe 38.50 128
35 Cameroon 30.91 130
36 Mozambique 23.03 93
37 Morocco 31.35 133
38 Algeria 35.55 134
39 Gambia 45.43 143
40 South Sudan 46.25 145
41 Ethiopia 59.66 150
42 Swaziland 0 152
43 D.R Congo 50.94 154
44 Rwanda 6.93 159
45 Buruni 40.60 160
46 Egypt 68.07 161
47 Libya 60.98 163
48 Somalia 55.68 167
49 Eguitorial Guinea 0 171
50 Djibouti 32.19 172
51 Sudan 27.73 174
52 Eritrea 71.71 179





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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