African Countries With The Least Freedom of the Press

Written by Keren Mikva

While many African countries have made strides toward freedom of the press, others remain heavily restricted and are considered wholly unfree by international watchdog organizations such as Freedom House. Despite the fact that many of these countries
did provide for protection for the press in their constitutions, subsequent legislation and absolute rule have undermined these protections.

Freedom House, an independent organization that measures freedom around the globe, uses a variety of factors to rank countries based on their commitment to upholding freedom and democracy. The following African nations were given the poorest scores with regard to freedom of the press on a scale of 0 (the most free) to 100 (the least free). Scores were evaluated in three categories: the legal environment, the political environment, and the economic environment.