Windhoek – Namibia has retained its top position in Africa on the Reporters Without Borders (French acronym RSF) Press Freedom Index.
The country is ranked 24th globally.
Other African countries doing well on the index include Cabo Verde, which is rated second on the continent and 27th in the world; and Ghana (third in Africa, 30th globally).
According to the index Norway, Finland and Sweden remain the top three in the world in terms of media freedom.
“Press freedom has a firm hold in Namibia, Africa’s best-ranked country in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2019, and enjoys solid guarantees,” a report accompanying the rankings says.
Reporters Without Borders says Namibia’s constitution is a strong safeguard for media freedom, and that the judiciary has been consistent in its application in this regard.
The latest index shows that fellow Southern African country Zimbabwe regressed by four places to 130 in the world over the past year.
“Journalism is the best vaccine against disinformation,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said in a statement. “But unfortunately, its production and distribution are too often blocked by political, economic, technological and sometimes even cultural factors.”