12 African Countries Ranked Highest For Press Freedom In 2016

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Written by Dana Sanchez

A voter lines up at a Namibia polling station, Nov. 28, 2014. Photo: AP/Dirk Heinrich
A voter lines up at a Namibia polling station, Nov. 28, 2014. Photo: AP/Dirk Heinrich

1. Namibia

Global ranking: 17
Global score: 15.15

Self-censorship is common in the state-owned Namibian media, but critical journalists find a refuge on the Internet, where they are not subject to control. Public order and security legislation is often used to restrict freedom of information. Journalists are often the targets of attacks by political parties. This was the case during the 2014 elections, when NBC journalists were attacked by both ruling party officials and members of the opposition.

Source: Reporters Without Borders