The Gambia profile

Press freedom is stifled by an "intolerant and unpredictable" government, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The law provides for jail terms for journalists found guilty of libel or sedition.

Prominent journalist Deyda Hydara, a critic of the 2004 press law and editor of The Point newspaper, was shot dead days after the legislation was passed.

Since then, "almost all those who were a thorn in the president's side have fallen into step or have left the country," says RSF.

State-run Radio Gambia broadcasts tightly-controlled news, which is relayed by private radio stations. Radio France Internationale is available on FM.

The government operates the only national TV station.

There were 159,000 internet users by December 2011 (Internetworldstats.com).

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