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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
1Namibia 0 24
2Ghana 26
3Cape verde27
4South Africa31
5Burkina faso6.9342
6Botswana48
7Papua N.G51
8Mauritania13.8655
9Mauritius56
10Madagascar57
11Senegal58
12Malawi70
13Guinea bissau77
14Benin78
15Cote d’ivoire21.9781
16Tanzania10.9983
17Suerra leone85
18Togo86
19Seychelles87
20Mozambique23.0393
21Liberia16.0994
22Kenya45.9595
23Tunisia21.9797
24Guinea45.75101
25Gabon35.34108
26Uganda44.19112
27C.A.R6.93113
28Zambia24.85114
29Congo brazaville28.90115
30Mali23.03115
31Chad10.99121
32Nigeria35.55122
33Angola125
34Zimbabwe38.50128
35Cameroon30.91130
36Mozambique23.0393
37Morocco31.35133
38Algeria35.55134
39Gambia45.43143
40South Sudan46.25145
41Ethiopia59.66150
42Swaziland152
43D.R Congo50.94154
44Rwanda6.93159
45Buruni40.60160
46Egypt68.07161
47Libya60.98163
48Somalia55.68167
49Eguitorial Guinea171
50Djibouti32.19172
51Sudan27.73174
52Eritrea71.71179
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