Six African countries top the United States in the 2019 freedom of press index released by Reporters Without Borders

The united states, the champions of democracy and freedom of expression in the globe, has been topped by six African countries in the 2019 freedom of press index released by Reporters Without Borders.

Press freedom is the principle that communication and expression through various media should be considered a right to be exercised freely. Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right as stated in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

Freedom of press index

The freedom of press index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organization’s own assessment of the countries’ press freedom records in the previous year. Its objective is to reflect the degree of freedom that journalists, news organizations, and netizens have in each country, and the efforts made by authorities to respect this freedom.

6 African countries top the US and 4 top the United Kingdom

The United States, the champion of democracy and freedom of expression around the globe has been topped by six African countries in the 2019 freedom of press index released by Reporters Without Borders. This might come as a surprise to many, since most people believe press freedom is non-existent in Africa. The countries ahead of the United states are Namibia, Cape Verde, Ghana, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Botswana in that order. Similarly, the United Kingdom was topped by the first four mentioned African countries.

Enabling press freedom in order to reap its benefits

Press freedom can only be achieved via access to truthful and impartial information. The sources of such information can come from various voices across the entire community.

However, for freedom of expression to be achieved, several factors must be present. Firstly, there must be a legal and regulatory setting that permits for an open and diverse media sector to develop. Secondly, there should be a political will to support the sector and strong institutions to protect it. Finally, laws that uphold access to information in the public domain should be enforced.

Press freedom is the cornerstone of good governance in democracies across the world. In addition, press freedom has several benefits to countries. Foremost, It guarantees openness, accountability and the rule of law. Moreover, it encourages participation in public issues and contribute to the fight against poverty.

Press freedom has positive effects in africa

The achievement of these African countries demonstrates that the entire African continent could achieve excellent democracies and press freedom given the right leadership. Above all, there are evidence of strong correlation between press freedom and HDI performance. For instance, the African countries with the best freedom of press performances were also the most stable and have the highest HDIs in the continent. Likewise, their economies are also among the best performing in the continent.

A Lesson for young democracies and dictatorships

This news should serve as a lesson to young democracies across the continent to maintain press freedom for greater prosperity and development. On the other hand, Africans should avoid electing dictators as presidents. In this vein, all current dictators should be voted out to allow democracy and press freedom to reign throughout the continent. Finally, we implore on the AU and other relevant bodies to sanction dictatorship regimes in Africa till they significantly improve their press freedom.

How Africa and African rulers saved Judaism, Christianity and Islam from extinction.

The Abrahamic religions, are a group of Semitic-originated religious groups of faith. They claim their lineage from the Judaism of the ancient Israelites. They all worship the God of Abraham. The Abrahamic religions are monotheistic. Abraham is a major biblical figure from The Old Testament, which is recognized by Jews, Christians and Muslims. All three Abrahamic religions were saved from extinction by Africa and African rulers in several critical stages of their growths.

Africa rescues Jacob and his children from starvation

Jacob and his family

Jacob later given the name Israel, is regarded as a Patriarch of the Israelites. According to the Book of Genesis, Jacob was the third Hebrew progenitor with whom God made a covenant. He is the son of Isaac and Rebecca, the grandson of Abraham, Sarah and Bethuel. He was the nephew of Ishmael, and the younger twin brother of Esau. Jacob had twelve sons who would later become the 12 tribes of Israel.

There was a severe famine in the Middle East like none other that lasted seven years. The famine was so severe that nations were left paralyzed. Word out was that Egypt was the only prospering kingdom. Joseph, the son of Jacob was the governor of all Egypt during this famine period. He told his brothers who had come to Egypt to procure food supplies that they should bring their entire family to Egypt. The brothers heeded to his advice and convinced their father Jacob to migrate to Egypt. When they arrived in Egypt the pharaoh honoured their stay. They stayed in Egypt through the famine years and beyond.

Pharoah Taharqa saves the Hebrew people from slaughter

Pharoah Taharqa

Taharqa, was a pharaoh of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty of Egypt and king of the Kingdom of Kush (present day Sudan). He reigned from 690 BC to 664 BC. In approximately 701 BCE, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, attacked the fortified cities of the Kingdom of Judah in a campaign of conquest. Sennacherib attacked Jerusalem, but failed to capture it because he was routed by Taharqa and his army. This was the only instance that Sennachreib attacked a city but failed to capture it. Furthermore, this feat as the saviour of the Hebrew people is recognised in the bible (Isaiah 37:8-9, & 2 Kings 19:8-9) .

Africa enabled the birth of Christianity

Flight into Egypt

The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 2:13–23) and the New Testament apocrypha recounts the flight into Egypt. The flight into Egypt refers to the fleeing of Mary and infant Jesus to Egypt to escape from King Herod who was looking to kill him. King Herod was afraid that infant Jesus would threaten his throne and seeked to kill him. Before he could get to Jesus, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Jesus and Mary to Egypt. Mary and Jesus then fled to Egypt. They returned from Egypt after the death of Herod.

Ethiopia ACCOMMODATES and protects Muhammed’s first followers (the Sahabahs)

Sahabahs discussing

Prophet Muhammed’s first followers seeked refuge in Ethiopia to fled persecution from the ruling Quraysh tribe of Mecca. The prophet advised his companions to fled to Ethiopia because of the affliction they faced in Mecca. Muhammed chose Ethiopia because the king would not tolerate injustice and the country was hospitable. A further illustration of the hospitality of the Ethiopian king was that he was a Christian yet he accommodated the Muslims. The companions stayed in Ethiopia till conditions were safe in Mecca.

Africa is the origin of man, the pioneer of civilization and the saviour of all Abrahamic religions. Africa is also the progenitor of the concept of monotheism. It was the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten who came up with the concept of monotheism, which is the foundation of all Abrahamic religions.