Gambian Journalist’s Book Gets Publisher’s Approval

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Delayed Democracy

A book authored by a respected Gambian journalist, Alagi Yoro Jallow, has got the approval of a notable publisher.

AuthorHouse agreed that Delayed Democracy: How Press Freedom Collapsed “presents up-to-date study on the state of Gambian media.”

The publishing house praised Alagi Jallow, a founder managing editor of the banned Independent newsper, for “providing valuable insights into the deteriorating freedom of expression in Gambia and offers suggestions for effecting changes that could improve human rights in the West African country in his revelatory new book.”

The masterpiece goes beyond telling the Gambia’s journalism history but also provides an avenue for research for all those who are not au fait with the West African country’s media history.

“Jallow analyzes the effect of President Yahya Jammeh’s takeover of Gambia from a historical, political and socio-economic context,” AuthorHouse said in a press statement, adding that “the book offers a useful and comprehensive contribution to the legal and political debate about freedom of expression – or, more accurately stated, the lack thereof – in Gambia.”

The publisher is also thumped up the several award-winning journalist for discussing “the media in the Gambia and the crucial role it plays in shaping a vibrant, healthy democracy. He evaluates the role of the news media in Gambia in a variety of contexts: the major constraints and challenges that prevent journalism from fulfilling these ideal roles, and the most effective policy interventions available to strengthen the contribution of the news media to both democratic governance and human development.”

The book 250-page book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Alagi Jallow is well-known and respected for his research, presentations and journalism and is the co-proprietor and managing editor of the banned Independent, a newspaper he founded in the West African state of Gambia. He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Hellman/Hammet award administered by Human Rights Watch for persecuted writers. In 2003, he was a runner-up for the World Association of Newspapers’ Golden Pen Award. In 2005, he received the International Press Freedom Award presented by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression for “his uncompromising and fearless efforts to promote press freedom in Gambia, despite numerous obstacles.” The fearless media manager, who championed the fight for press freedom back home, is now a lecturer at the prestigious Assumption University in Bangkok.


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