Sub-Saharan Africa 'most corrupt in the world'

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The global average score of the Corruption Perceptions Index ( CDI ) 2017 by Transparency International was just 43 and 69 per cent of all countries scored less than 50, with 100 being the best possible score.

Other countries in the region are placed as follows: Georgia 46th, Turkey - 81, Azerbaijan 122, Iran - 130.

While New Zealand was ranked in the top spot, its score has dropped compared to previous years.

It is CISLAC's view that the negative perception is mainly a outcome of the inability to combat grand corruption and astronomical plundering of public coffers costing the Nigerian tax payers around 25% of annual GDP. In the last six years, 15 journalists working on corruption stories in these countries were murdered, as reported by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The index ranked countries and territories by evaluating their perceived levels of corruption in the public sector according to experts and business class.

The country's latest index score is 34. Just past year, Yameen Rasheed, an outspoken critic of the Maldives government was murdered for his efforts to uncover the truth about the disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan.

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Transparency International (TI) has found that a majority of countries in the world can be called corrupt, with a clear link between high levels of corruption and little protection of the media and civil society groups. The Corruption Perception Index 2017 has termed India as the worst offenders in the Asia-Pacific region. Governments should ensure that activists can speak freely throughout the region without fear of retaliation. As could be clearly seen, every week throughout 2017 there were arrests and action taken against the corrupt. In addition, global donors should consider press freedom relevant to development aid or access to worldwide organisations.

Lebanon, for example, made small strides in 2017 with the passage of the "Access to Information Law".

Executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Iftekharuzzaman unveiled the annual CPI at a press conference in the city on Thursday.

Governments and businesses should proactively disclose relevant public interest information in open data formats.

Although the administration has put many suspects on trial and seized assets of politicians and government officials, it has also been accused of condoning corrupt practices by top government officials.

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