Ghana drops 30 places in world press freedom index; lowest in nearly 2 decades

- May 3, 2022

Ghana has dropped 30 places on the 2022 World Press Freedom index. The 2022 index put together by campaign group, Reporters Without Borders, saw Ghana ranking 60 after placing 30 in 2022.

This is Ghana’s lowest-ever ranking in 17 years after it ranked 66th and 67th in 2005 and 2022 respectively. The latest report is out of 180 countries assessed with Ghana recording a decline in its indicative points from 78.67 percent to 67.43 compared to last year.

Speaking to Citi News, the Acting Head of the Corporate Affairs of the Authority, Abudu Abdul Ganiyu, said they have been forced to take the decision because of the low registration numbers being recorded.

“We have been monitoring the registration and the [numbers were overwhelming], hence we had to create the special registration centres. But we realised that demand has reduced and considering the fact that we have 276 district offices and 16 regional offices, then there is no need for keeping the special offices. Ghanaians are however reminded to take advantage of the offices to meet the deadlines.”

It said although the country is considered a regional leader in democratic stability, journalists have experienced growing pressures in recent years.

“To protect their jobs and their security, they increasingly resort to self-censorship, as the government shows itself intolerant of criticism”, the report mentioned.

According to Reporters Without Borders, the safety of Ghanaian journalists has deteriorated sharply in recent years.

For example, the campaigners said in 2020, reporters covering the effectiveness of anti-COVID-19 measures were attacked by security forces.

That is not the only grounds. Ghanaian political leaders are said to be making death threats against investigative journalists.

“Nearly all cases of law enforcement officers attacking journalists are not pursued”, it said.

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