According to the RSF 2023 Free Press Index, journalism overall has become more difficult in Africa and the situation is now classified as “bad” in nearly 40% of its countries (compared to 33% in 2022).  Several journalists have also been murdered in Africa, including Martinez Zongo in Cameroon ( which ranked 138th). In Eritrea ( which ranks 174th), the media remain under President Issaias Afwerki’s despotic grip.

While Ghana seemed to have risen places in the continent, globally it dropped two places from 60th to 62nd place. Africa Blogging Lead Editor, Daniel Ominde, sat down with our Ghana contributor, Immanuel Obeng-Akrofi, to put these numbers into perspective.