The World Media Freedom Index of 2021 report compiled by Reporters Without Borders, RSF reveals that Africa has seen significant improvements with press freedom.
Most of the 2021 Index’s biggest gains are in Africa. Burundi, up by 13 points, at 147th position, with Sierra Leone up by 10 points at 75th position and Mali up by 9 points at 99th position are the countries on the continent with the biggest gains.
This is as a result of the release of four journalists with the independent Burundian media, the repeal of a law criminalizing press offences in Sierra Leone and a fall in the number of abuses in Mali.
Although there was less deterioration in Africa’s “abuses” score, the RSF says it continues to be the most violent continent for journalists which the Covid-19 pandemic fuelled.