Ghana’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index Score: The poorest since 2013 – Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi

Folks, as we celebrate World Press Freedom Day, it’s important that we take stock of our performance under the World Press Freedom Index, compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders.

Note that the higher the score, the poorer one’s performance. See https://rsf.org/en/detailed-methodology

YEAR – SCORE

• 2013 – 17.27

• 2014 – 16.27

• 2015 – 15.50

• 2016 – 17.95

• 2017 – 17.95

• 2018 – 18.41

• 2019 – 20.81

• 2020 – 22.26

It can be gleaned from the above, that Ghana’s poorest score/performance under the World Press Freedom Index, is a score of 22.26, recorded this year, 2020, under the leadership of President William Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

This international disgrace has been occasioned by the gruesome murder of investigative Journalist, Ahmed Suale and government’s nonchalant posturing towards investigations into that heinous crime, the high-handed closure of radio stations and the harassment of journalists like Manesseh Azuri Awuni and Edward Adeti, under the watch of President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo who prides himself as a vainglorious paragon of free speech.

This is why President Akufo-Addo will go down as the worst-performing President in Ghana’s history relative to the protection of press freedom.

SAMMY GYAMFI Esq.

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