Statement: Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Media Rights Agenda Commend Gambia’s National Assembly for Passing Access to Information Bill into Law

Friday, July 2, 2021:  The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) and Media Rights Agenda (MRA) have commended The Gambia’s National Assembly for passing the country’s Access to Information Bill 2021 into Law yesterday, July 1, 2021 and called on President Adama Barrow to speedily sign the Bill into Law to consolidate the restoration of participatory democracy in the country which began with his ascension to power in 2017, following the historic elections of December 2016.

GPU, CSO Coalition welcome the passing of Access to Information Bill 2021

The Gambia Press Union and the Civil Society Coalition on Access to Information welcome the passing of the Access to Information Bill 2021 by the National Assembly on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

If the Bill is granted presidential assent, it will be the first time in the history of The Gambia for right of access to information to be legally recognized as a human right.  Globally, over 120 countries have such legislation and The Gambia has become the last country in English-speaking West Africa to have one.

GPU Condemns Physical Assault of Journalist by State House Photographer

The Gambia Press Union (GPU) condemns in the strongest terms the physical assault on a reporter for the online platform, Kerr Fatou, by President Adama Barrow’s photographer.

World Press Freedom Day 2021 Statement

Gambia Press Union Statement on World Press Freedom Day, 3rd May 2021

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, which was developed by African journalists pressing for a free, independent, and pluralistic African press. The Declaration ultimately gave birth to the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day in 1991.