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2019 Press Freedom: Nigeria Ranked 120 Out Of 180 Countries

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2019 Press Freedom: Nigeria Ranked 120 Out Of 180 Countries

Nigeria has dropped one place to 120th in the latest World Press Freedom Index released by the international media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders.


Ghana also lost its spot as Africa’s best in terms of press freedom after Ahmed Suale, an investigative journalist with Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye PI was murdered.

Norway, Sweden and Netherlands bagged the top three positions, respectively.
Turkmenistan was least rated, followed closely by North Korea and Eritrea.Namibia led the African countries at the 23rd position, followed by Cabo verde (25) and Ghana (27).According to the report, Sub-Saharan Africa, in general, faced a decline in press freedom “with hatred towards journalists, attacks on investigative reporters, censorship and economic and judicial harassment all undermined independent reporting and quality journalism". “In Nigeria, it is nearly impossible to cover stories involving politics, terrorism, or financial embezzlement. Journalists are often threatened, subjected to physical violence, or denied access to information by government officials, police, and sometimes the public itself,” RSF had said.

Per the report, the number of countries regarded as safe, “where journalists can work in complete security, continues to decline, while authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media.”

Below are the Top 25 Highest Ranked African countries in 2019 Press Freedom Ranking

World Rank | Country | Score
23. Namibia - 18.95
25. Cabo Verde - 19.81
27. Ghana - 20.81
31. South Africa - 22.19
36. Burkina Faso - 24.53
44. Botswana - 25.09
49. Senegal - 25.81
54. Madagascar - 27.76
56. Comoros - 27.91
58. Mauritius - 28.46
66. Niger - 29.26
68. Malawi - 29.36
69. Seychelles - 29.41
71. Côte d’Ivoire - 29.52
72. Tunisia - 29.61
76. Togo - 29.69
78. Lesotho - 29.74
86. Sierra Leone - 30.36
89. Guinea Bissau - 30.95
92. Gambia - 31.35
100. Kenya - 32.44
103. Mozambique - 32.66
107. Guinea - 33.49
109. Angola - 34.96
110. Ethiopia - 35.11

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