New era for the media

After just over a year under President Adama Barrow, the page is turning for the Gambian media, which are blossoming in an unprecedented manner. Private broadcast media have been launched and the print media are no longer afraid to criticize the government. The message from the authorities is clear: a new media law must be passed that decriminalizes press offenses, and freedom of expression must be enshrined in a new constitution. The expectation of a much more open environment has revived Gambian journalism after 23 years of terror under by former President Yahya Jammeh. Under his reign, the press was censored, the Internet was sometimes completely disconnected, foreign journalists were expelled, and Gambian journalists were detained arbitrarily and subjected to Kafkaesque trials, prompting 110 of them to flee the country. Newspaper editor Deyda Hydara’s murder in 2004 went unpunished.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



143 in 2017

Global score


46.70 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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