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‘Journalists are corrupt, but Police are more corrupt’

botchway November 8, 2018





From Richard Owusu-Akyaw, Kumasi       .

The Ghana Police Service has maintained its corruption perception on the latest Afrobarometer corruption index with Judges, elected leaders and traditional leaders being caught in the corruption perception web.

Afrobarometer is a pan-African non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions and related issues in African countries.

Afrobarometer conducts face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples.

According to the report, members of the media fared considerably better than the police, judges, elected leaders and traditional leaders when it comes to Ghanaians’ perceptions of corruption. One in six citizens say “most” or “all” media personnel are corrupt, compared to 59% who say the same about the police, 38% about judges, 28% about the Presidency, and 27% about traditional leaders .

Still, three-fourth of Ghanaians see at least “some” media personnel as corrupt; only one in 10 think that “none” of them are involved in corruption. Public and private media score almost identically in citizens’ perceptions of corruption.

Six rounds of surveys were conducted in 37 countries between 1999 and 2015 and Round 7 surveys are being completed in 2018.

The Afrobarometer team in Ghana, led by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), interviewed 2,400 adult Ghanaians between September 9 and 25, 2017.

Sample of this size yields results with a margin of error of +/-2 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. Previous surveys have been conducted in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012, and 2014 in Ghana.

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