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May 9, 2015

Ghana Leads the Way on Democracy, Rule of Law


When the independent rights-monitoring group Freedom House released its latest “Freedom of the Press” report last week, an accompanying world map carried an almost-hidden surprise.

The color-coded depiction of media rights across the planet pointed to a predictable breakdown: Europe and North America looked placidly green, while the purple shades of repression dominated most of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

There was, however, a remarkable spot of green on the western edge of Africa. It looked out of place, as if it were a mistake.

The small West African nation of Ghana, it turns out, is an anomaly of freedom in a region where democracy, stability and rule of law have struggled to take root.