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Alagi Jallow

Alagi Yorro Jallow, a 2007 Nieman Fellow, was cofounder and managing editor of the Independent Newspaper in the Gambia until the staff was arrested and the offices closed in May 2005. In that year he was given an International Press Freedom Award by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. He is also the recipient of the Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett award. Jallow has lived in exile in the U.S. since 2005 and is now a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the national Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC.



The Gambia: A dictator's anti-media war
COMMENTARY | August 04, 2010
On the 16th anniversary of the military takeover in The Gambia, Alagi Yorro Jallow, a 2007 Nieman Fellow, writes about the government's ongoing repression of journalists in his country.

One editor slain, others dealt with harshly in Gambia
COMMENTARY | April 06, 2007
Alagi Jallow, now a Nieman fellow, recounts how President Yahya Jammeh took power in a 1994 coup and has stifled the press ever since. Jammeh, who claims he can cure HIV/AIDS, says he can ban any newspaper whenever he wants ‘with good reason.’

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