Countless Gambian journalists fled threats and intimidation during former-president Yahya Jammeh’s two decades in power. Now, as J Adama Barrow, a former Argos security guard from Peckham in South London, takes office with promises of a new start for one of Africa’s poorest countries and Jammeh begins his life in …

A “Saturday Night Live” writer was suspended indefinitely after tweeting an “insensitive” joke about Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son, Barron. Katie Rich was suspended immediately for writing the offensive tweet, a source told the Associated Press, after it triggered an outcry on social media, with many calling for a boycott of …

Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich is the latest writer to have quit the Russian PEN Centre as part of a widening split within the organization. Alexievich, who won her Nobel Prize in 2015, said that she was leaving the organization to protest against the expulsion of journalist and activist …

Katherine Kreuter has been appointed to the board of Media Matters for Women. MMW is a US-registered NGO founded by Sharon Bylenga. They have pioneered the use of Bluetooth technology and local journalists to address the unmet information needs of women and girls in rural Africa. Their team of female journalists produces original …

The chief prosecutor of the inquiry looking into police surveillance of journalists in Canada has resigned. It was two months ago when I raised the story – an almost exact copy of the Metropolitan Police using the Regulatory Investigative Powers Act (RIPA) to spy on journalist contacts, had reoccurred thousands …

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has ruled that the use of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to find the source of leaks to the Northern Echo was unlawful. The ruling was expected to be critical as the Cleveland Police new Chief Inspector Iain Spittal  had already announced a major …

The Yellow Advertiser has challenged a coroner’s office to ensure an inquest verdict was published. The weekly newspaper asked for the full narrative verdict delivered by a jury which sat an an inquest into the death of 25-year-old prisoner Dean Saunders after the Essex Coroner Service only published the verdict. …

Letter to the editor Dear Editor, When I wrote about Andrew Marr’s novel Head of State in the last issue of The Journal, it was to tot up what he had got right and what wrong in his fictional account of a referendum on British membership of the European Union. …
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Mary O’Shea is joining the Rory Peck Trust as the Trust’s new Head of Programmes. O’Shea is a programme specialist with over 12 years international experience. She brings to the role extensive field experience, having worked on a freelance basis in countries including Sudan, Jordan, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, South …

This Autumn the Chartered Institute of Journalists heads to the south west for its annual conference. The historic county of Dorset is a glorious location for our main gathering of the year. I am surprised it has taken us so long to escape from London. In fact we haven’t ventured …