Editor’s Pick: Best Investigative Journalism in Sub-Saharan Africa 2018

Editor’s Pick: Best Investigative Journalism in Sub-Saharan Africa 2018

Raymond Mpubani |
January 9, 2019

Press freedom varies widely across sub-Saharan Africa. While muckrakers in Ghana were able to unearth corruption in the upper ranks of the judiciary and in South Africa, investigative reporters played a big role in the downfall of a corrupt presidency, in Eritrea and Djibouti press freedom is non-existent.

Overall, the situation improved slightly on the continent in 2018, according to Reporters Without Borders. But there was no shortage of troubling trends.

Attempting to control the narrative of the separatist rebellion in its English-speaking regions, Cameroon’s government often brands reports it doesn’t like as “fake news” and detains journalists. In Tanzania, the government has tightened the free media space with the arrests of reporters and closures of media platforms. An independent investigative platform in Botswana, which reported on a leaked intelligence report, had its offices broken into and its managing editor questioned by the police. And just this week, the offices of the Daily Trust in Nigeria were raided by the army and a bureau chief and reporter were detained.

Such difficult reporting environments notwithstanding, journalists in sub-Saharan Africa produced some seriously impressive investigations in 2018. As part of GIJN’s Editor’s Pick series for 2018GIJN Africa editor Raymond Mpubani compiled a list of some of the top stories produced in 2018, published by outlets based in the region.

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