Namibia loses top ranking on World Press Freedom Index

Namibia loses top ranking on World Press Freedom Index
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Namibia has surrendered the title of the best-ranked African country, to Ghana, on Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) Index 2018.
Namibia also slipped from 24th last year to 26th in the world this year.
The absence of the “promised law on access to information” is mentioned as a key for Namibia’s slip.
Published every year since 2002, by Reporters Without Borders, the World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states.
The Index is a point of reference that is quoted by media throughout the world and is used by diplomats and international entities such as the United Nations and the World Bank.
The Index ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country. It does not rank public policies even if governments obviously have a major impact on their country’s ranking.
More and more democratically-elected leaders no longer see the media as part of democracy’s essential underpinning, but as an adversary to which they openly display their aversion.
In this year’s Index, Norway is first for the second year running, followed – as it was last year – by Sweden. At the other end of the Index, North Korea (180th) is still last.
RSF says Africa still has many news and information black holes. Press freedom is non-existent in Eritrea (second from last at 179th), Djibouti (173rd), Burundi (159th) and Somalia (168th), where four journalists were killed in terrorist attacks in 2017.