New era for the media

Gambia continues to make significant progress. Since dictator Yahya Jammeh’s departure in January 2017, the new president, Adama Barrow, has begun realizing his promise to create an environment that favours the media’s development. The state radio and TV no longer have a broadcast news monopoly and several community and privately-owned radio and TV stations have been created. In May 2018, the supreme court ruled that the criminalization of defamation was unconstitutional and a major overhaul of media legislation is now under way. Of the more than 100 journalists who fled abroad during the dictatorship, at least 30 have been able to return. Nonetheless, the old habits from 23 years of terror and suppression of press freedom have not yet fully disappeared. Several journalists have been attacked by the police or by Jammeh supporters while out reporting.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



122 in 2018

Global score


38.36 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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