Transparency International releases annual corruption perceptions index
Transparency International have released their 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index, offering a yearly snapshot of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries all over the globe.
The 2017 findings have highlighted that over the last six years there has been very little progress in stemming the tide of corruption. Even in high performing areas of the globe such as Europe, there are examples such as Hungary which has dropped down significantly over the last twelve months.
The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks 180 countries on a scale of 1-100 – the higher the score, the less corrupt the country. In the 2017 rankings, new Zealand has come out on top with a score of 89. Unsurprisingly, the Nordic countries rank highly, with Denmark (88), Finland (85) and Norway (85) occupying the next few berths.
Western Europe is the best performing region globally, with an average score of 66, while Sub-Saharan Africa, with an average score of 32 is the poorest performing.
Transparency International has used the 2017 release to highlight the link between corruption and press freedom. They have noted that countries that feature poorly for corruption levels also have poor levels of press freedom where journalists are often assaulted or murdered.
Patricia Moreira, managing director of Transparency International said “No activist or reporter should have to fear for their lives when speaking out against corruption. Given current crackdowns on both civil society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect those who speak up.”
The UK has improved its ranking slightly, featuring at number eight on the list, with a score of 82. Other selected countries include Ireland, 19th and a score of 74; France 19th and a score of 70; Germany, 12th and a score of 81; and the United States, 16th and a score of 75.
Transparency International has released a number of recommendations to accompany the Perceptions Index, including calling for governments and business to do more to promote free speech and an independent media; ensuring that journalists can operate free from repression; and the promotion of laws focused on access to information, particularly in the public realm.
Read the full Corruption Perceptions Index on the Transparency International website:
Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index on Wednesday, indicating little improvement in global corruption levels over the past six years.
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