Reporters Without Borders ranking: Senegal gains 10 places but loses 13 security points

Reporters Without Borders ranking: Senegal gains 10 places but loses 13 security points
Reporters Without Borders ranking: Senegal gains 10 places but loses 13 security points

Reporters Without Borders presented the 2024 World Press Freedom Index this Friday in Dakar. Thus, Senegal progressed by 10 points in the 2024 World Press Freedom Index, positioning itself in 94th place, but above all losing 13 points in its security indicator. This ranking was revealed by the director of the West Africa office of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Sadibou Marone. For him, the main lesson of this 2024 ranking for Senegal is the drop of 13 points in the security indicator, with arrests, attacks and arrests, media suspensions and abusive Internet shutdowns.

“The rank increases but the score decreases. This is why RSF calls on the new authorities to make the safety of journalists a priority and to propose an ambitious policy so that press freedom is respected. We proposed the establishment of a mechanism to protect journalists,” said Sadibou Marone. Thus, he called on the authorities to guarantee the safety of journalists in the field as well as the promulgation of the law on access to information of public interest.

S. Marone also recommended “a guarantee of the independence of the public information service which, according to him, plays an important role in the media landscape and to ensure better governance of advertising in the media space with a regulatory body endowed with real powers of control. The reaction of the President of the Republic Bassirou Diomaye Faye on the sidelines of the celebration of press freedom seems to be a response to the various requests. “Freedom of the press, a true cornerstone of democratic societies, guarantees that every citizen remains informed, engaged, and actively participates in the essential debates that shape our common future. I reaffirm my commitment to supporting a free and diverse press, an essential pillar of our democracy,” he published on his official pages.

Adja Khoudia THIAM DIENG (Actusen.sn)

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