The Gambia’s Internet Freedom: The Blocking and Unblocking of Viber


The Gambia has a relatively high internet penetration rate compared to other countries in the sub region. With a population of 1.8 million people (2014), it has a penetration rate of about 16 percent. This means that the number of people with access to internet in the country is by far more than the population […]

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The Gambia: New internet law furthers government crackdown on free expression


ARTICLE 19 STATEMENT         ARTICLE 19 condemns Gambia’s adoption of a law which severely restricts the right to freedom of expression on the internet, criminalising online speech. The newly adopted law is the latest attempt by the Gambian authorities to stifle dissent in a country that already has some of the harshest […]

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GPU Press Release: Gambia Gets First Ever Journalism School


The National Training Authority (NTA) on 11 March 2013 formally accredited the GPU School of Journalism to provide journalism education in the country, an unprecedented development in a country that has never had a formal structure for journalism education. Under the terms and conditions of its licence, the GPU School of Journalism is mandated to […]

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The Gambia: Diesel Shortage Slowed Down Business


The Gambia has been hit hard by a weeklong shortage of diesel, the country’s most popular form of fuel among commercial vehicle drivers. The shortage started since Tuesday 26th February 2013, just about a week after the country celebrated 48 years of so-called independence from Britain on 18th February 1965. The current fuel crisis is […]

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Ghana: Exporting Democracy to The Gambia?


  Reports from Ghanaian media indicate that the country is set to mount a democracy exhibition in Banjul, The Gambia, dubbed “The Colour of Peace”. The precise date of the event is not indicated but it is said to be part of series of events to commemorate the 57th anniversary of Ghana’s Independence.   A […]

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CBG Closes Prime Bank


Central Bank of The Gambia (CBG) has on Monday 21st January 2013 closed down Prime Bank (Gambia) Limited. The closure comes as a result of the bank’s failure to meet the minimum capital of D200 million for commercial banks in The Gambia.  The CBG has increased the minimum capital for commercial banks in The Gambia from […]

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President Jammeh “rubbishes” EU’s proposals for dialogue, warns Cabinet Ministers


The Gambia’s President has dismissed European Union delegations proposals for dialogue as “insulting, unacceptable and not up for discussion”. In a televised Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 8th January 2013, President Jammeh also warned ministers against what he described as “serving foreign interest”. “You either work with me to serve the Gambian people or you leave and […]

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