In Troubled West Africa, Ghana Leads the Way on Democracy, Rule of Law

Fishing boats in Elmina, Ghana, Feb. 6, 2005 (photo by Flickr user stignygaard licensed under the Creative Commons  Attribution 2.0 Generic license).
Fishing boats in Elmina, Ghana, Feb. 6, 2005 (photo by Flickr user stignygaard licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).
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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 […]

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