Freedom of the Press

Gambia, The

Gambia, The

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


After President Yahya Jammeh won election overwhelmingly in October, he detained some journalists and opposition supporters. A journalist from the newspaper The Independent who was also a correspondent for the London magazine West Africa was arrested after denouncing an electoral fraud. Another reporter for The Independent was assaulted by the military. After the election, authorities closed down the country's main private radio station, Citizen FM, in what critics termed the "settling of scores" by the president's supporters.