The ranking is the consequence of the efforts observed since the departure from power of former President Yahya Jammeh, with a spectacular move of 60 places between 2016 and this year.
The country, out of 55 African countries is ranked 10th in sub-Saharan Africa and 9th in West Africa. To continue to make progress in forthcoming rankings, the legal framework governing the exercise of the profession must be reformed by repelling the freedom-killing laws inherited from the Jammeh regime.
Other areas where efforts are expected in the coming years relate to the independence and working environment of the media as well as transparency and the infrastructures that support the production of information in the country.
In West Africa, the ranking is dominated in order by Cape Verde, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Senegal. In Africa, Namibia is first. At the world level, the top three are Scandinavian countries: Norway, Finland and Sweden, while Eritrea is in last place.