Ending the climate of terror?

Former President Yahya Jammeh established a climate of terror for the media, in which journalists were murdered or disappeared, were spied and informed on, were arrested arbitrarily, and were subjected to nightmarish trials. Jammeh used all possible means to keep a tight grip on the media. During his failed bid to be re-elected at the end of 2016, media outlets were closed, foreign journalists were expelled, and the Internet was disconnected. Adama Barrow’s inauguration as president in January 2017, ending 22 years of uninterrupted rule by Jammeh, has raised hopes of a new era of elective democracy and respect for media freedom – hopes that must now be fulfilled.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



145 in 2016

Global score


46.53 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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