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Let’s eschew the celebration of mediocrity – Sam George on Ghana’s new press freedom ranking

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As Deputy Ranking on the Communications Select Committee of the of Ghana, I am aware of the Committee's work with the to better Ghana's ranking on the World Press Freedom Index.

It should be heartwarming to see a 12-place jump in our ranking from 62nd last year to 50th this year. I have noted the elation of government spokespersons as they gleefully point to this as yet another phantom achievement of the failed government.

The fact remains that this government took over office with Ghana ranked 26th in the world and 2nd in Africa. They have overseen the slump from such great heights to a shambolic and shameful 62nd in the world and 10th in Africa behind countries like and which have military dictators.

Ghana's Press Freedom Ranking over the years

YearRanking in AfricaRanking in the World
20127th41st
20133rd30th
20143rd27th
20152nd22nd
201626th26th
20172nd26th
20181st23rd
20193rd27th
20202nd30th
20213rd30th
202210th60th
20239th62nd
202410th50th
Source: Reporters Without Borders

The reasons for our slump over the past few years are killing, kidnapping, unwarranted sentences, physical attacks, arrests, detentions and threats against journalists, the arbitrary shutdown of media houses, bans and seizure of journalists' equipment amongst others.

Let us demand the best from our public officeholders and eschew the celebration of mediocrity.

God bless our Homeland, Ghana. 🦁🇬🇭

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