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2019 Press Freedom: Nigeria Ranked 120 out of 180 countries

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

Press Freedom: Nigeria Ranked 120 out of 180 countries

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 Highest Ranked African countries in Press Freedom

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
112. Mali – 35.23
115. Gabon – 35.60

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2019 Press Freedom: Nigeria Ranked 120 out of 180 countries

World Rank | Country | Score
120 Nigeria – 36.50
122 Chad – 36.71
125 Uganda – 39.42
127 Zimbabwe – 42.23
131 Cameroon – 43.32
135 Morocco / Western Sahara – 43.98
139 South Sudan – 45.65
141 Algeria – 45.75
145 Central African Republic – 47.27
147 eSwatini – 49.09
154 Democratic Republic of Congo – 51.71
155 Rwanda – 52.43
159 Burundi – 52.89
162 Libya – 55.77
163 Egypt – 56.47
164 Somalia – 57.24
165 Equatorial Guinea – 58.35
173 Djibouti – 71.36
175 Sudan – 72.45
178 Eritrea – 80.26



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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