Alagi Yorro Jallow, Gambia

Alagi Yorro Jallow is a passionate advocate for human rights in his work as a journalist in Gambia where he is the Managing Editor of The Independent, one of the few media outlets not controlled by the government. For four years, he served as the Vice-Chairman of the Gambia Press Union where he was part of a successful campaign to disband a government controlled media commission with extensive powers to punish journalists. His work as a journalist and human rights advocate has not been without opposition. In April 2004, a group of armed men entered the office of The Independent in the early morning and set it ablaze with the staff still inside. Several staff were wounded and the office and printing equipment owned by the paper was destroyed causing huge financial loss. He has been living in the United States since December 2004 when he received several death threats after the murder of fellow Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara.