Media pluralism and independence guaranteed

General elections were held in December 2016 without major incidents or media freedom violations. Ghana is regarded as one of the most democratic countries in Africa, and Chapter 12 of its 1992 constitution guarantees media pluralism and independence. Thanks to extensive use of mobile phones, a great deal of news and information circulates online. Ghana’s image was tarnished by the arrests of journalists and raids on newspaper that began occurring under former President John Dramani Mahama in 2014. Articles in the criminal code penalizing “false news” are sometimes abused in order to harass journalists.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



22 in 2015

Global score


15.50 in 2015

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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