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Title:Press freedom and democratic governance in the Gambia: a rights-based approach
Author:Senghore, Aboubacar Abdullah
Year:2012
Periodical:African Human Rights Law Journal (ISSN 1609-073X)
Volume:12
Issue:2
Pages:508-538
Language:English
Geographic term:Gambia
Subjects:freedom of the press
human rights
governance
democracy
Abstract:The article explores the relationship between democratic governance and the free and independent press in The Gambia since the inception of the Gambian First Republic in 1970. It supports the rights-based approach which perceives the issues of democracy, good governance, and a free and independent press as related to the concept of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Put differently, a free and independent press is not only a mirror of good governance, but also one of the essential elements of democratic governance. This article represents a modest contribution to the existing literature on the questions of governance, democracy, press freedom and human rights, with particular reference to The Gambia. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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