EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The Gambia has recorded significant gains in advancing media freedoms in the 2021 Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders, the government said Saturday.
“Of some 180 countries surveyed in 2021, The Gambia is ranked 85, which is a two-point improvement from 87 in 2020,” government spokesperson, Ebrima G. Sankareh said in a statement.
From the 55 African countries assessed, The Gambia is ranked 9 in West Africa and 10 in sub-Saharan Africa; a remarkable achievement for a nation that for two decades, trailed behind most countries, he said.
“Convinced by the inherent power in information dissemination and access to information as crucial elements in a transparent, democratic state, the Barrow Government since assuming power, modified The Gambia media regulatory framework,” he noted.
The impact of the modification in terms of media pluralism, he continued, is felt nationwide with the presence of over 33 radio stations, 6TV channels, 4 daily newspapers, 1 tri-weekly publication and numerous online media platforms that are actively stimulating public discourse towards consolidating our post-totalitarian democracy.
“Over 30 journalists who were exiled for decades during the dictatorship from 1994-2016, have since returned home and contributing meaningfully in the New Democratic Dispensation,” he said.
According to him, the Barrow government continues to encourage responsible media freedom to restore The Gambia’s past glory of a fledgling democratic state with respect for human and people’s rights.
Reporters Without Borders is France-based human rights watchdog that specializes in the defense of media freedom, with a goal of safeguarding the right to freedom of information.