World Press Freedom ranking 2021: Gambia gains 2 more places  Assane Diagne, RSF Regional Director

Apr 21, 2021, 12:18 PM

The Gambia gained two more places in the World Press Freedom Index established in 2021 by the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Ranked 87th in 2020, The Gambia is 85th in the ranking published on Tuesday out of 180 member countries. 

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.

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