Reporters Without Borders says that while injustice against the media continues in Africa, there are new signs of improvement in press freedom.
In its 2005 press freedom index, the media rights group says more African countries are passing laws to protect journalists and eliminating prison terms for things such as libel or printing inaccurate news.
The group credited nations such as the Central African Republic and Angola for new press freedom reforms.
But the group says violence and harmful laws continue to hold back press freedom in Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those nations ranked near the bottom of the 167-nation index, while Ethiopia ranked 131.