Sunday, 1 March 2015

Namibia ranks best in world press freedom

Namibia has emerged the best ranked African country in terms of media freedom according to the 2015 World Press Freedom Index released by the Reporters Without Borders.

With a score of 12.5, the country was ranked the first in Africa and 17th in the world out of 180 countries, moving five places up from last year's rankings.

Neighbouring South Africa ranked 39th globally and fourth on the African continent.

Ghana ranked 22nd, Cape Verde 36th, Botswana 42nd and Burkina Faso 46th.

"The Index is the fruit of Reporters Without Borders' constant work in defence of media freedom, the result of its day-byday monitoring of freedom of information violations," it said.

"Top of the 2015 Index are Finland, which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark."

Zimbabwe ranked 131th with North Korea and Eritrea, coming out as the worst performers, ranked 178th to 180th.

The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.


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