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.
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.
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.
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.