Malaysia's global ranking in Transparency International's (TI) annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has declined again, falling to 62 out of 180 countries surveyed previous year.
Transparency International points out that In the last six years, 15 journalists working on corruption stories in these 3 countries were murdered, as reported by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
New Zealand secured the first position on the global ranking for 2017 with its score of 89, followed by Denmark with a score of 88, and Finland with a score of 85.
The index, released yesterday, highlighted that most countries were making little or no progress towards ending corruption.
The score is on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Two-thirds of the 180 countries scored below 50.
At the 34th position, Botswana was ranked the least corrupt nation in Africa with a score of 61 per cent.
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Many countries face substantially different issues in their efforts to curb corruption.
In their regional analysis for countries in Asia Pacific, the group concluded that corruption in many countries is still strong, and even listed Philippines as among the "worst regional offenders" for scoring "high for corruption" and having "fewer press freedoms and higher number of journalist deaths".
Transparency International's (TI) latest report reveals that crackdowns on the media and non-governmental organisations are usually associated with higher levels of corruption. Additionally, the majority of those journalists killed since 2012 were killed in corrupt countries. According to their data, countries with the least protection for press and activists correlated with the countries that score the lowest on their corruption index. The score remained the same as past year for Norway but it is a three point drop compared to 2015.
The Transparency International report indicates that transformations in Rwanda and Cabo Verde shows corruption is manageable.
The organization is calling on governments that "hide behind restrictive laws" to eliminate the laws and open opportunities for further civic participation.
He said any statement or suggestion that seeks to blame the NDC for the sad state of Akufo-Addo's corruption fight will be an act of gross intellectual dishonesty.
The World Justice Project's (WJP) Rule of Law Index might have recognised Thailand's official stance against corruption and recent efforts to suppress corruption via new mechanisms, including creation of a special corruption court, said Worawit.