There have been disruptions to internet and mobile networks during protests, and also arrests and digital attacks against online journalists and activists. In December 2016, the internet was shut down during the election period.
There have also been arrests of social media users and reported blocking of foreign online news blogs. Internet penetration is over 17%, and mobile penetration is currently 131%. However, prices are very high considering Gambia’s poverty.
Recommendations Received, Cycle 2
Take all the necessary measures to ensure that all persons, including journalists, opposition leaders and political opponents and human rights defenders can freely exercise their rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly without fear of arrest, detention, intimidation or harassment
Recommending State: Slovenia
Intensify efforts to ensure a favourable environment for the activities of journalists, human rights defenders and other civil society actors
Recommending State: Tunisia
Decriminalize offences related to freedom of expression and guarantee that human rights defenders and journalists can carry out their work in an atmosphere of freedom and security
Recommending State: Mexico
Adopt measures, compatible with international norms, to guarantee the freedom of information
Recommending State: Chile
Abolish all legal provisions limiting the freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and take all necessary measures to facilitate the work of human rights defenders, journalists and civil society
Recommending State: Germany