Only four of the region’s 49 countries are rated as having free media by Freedom House in its Freedom of the Press 2014 report. The remaining 45 countries were almost evenly split between partly free (22) and not free (23). Reporters Without Borders found that only one country in the region, Namibia, was in a good situation, and five were rated as being in a satisfactory situation. The rest ranged from having noticeable problems to being in difficult situations, with the exceptions of Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea, which are rated as very serious situations.

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