The Team



Demba Kandeh holds a first degree from the University of The Gambia and is a deputy editor at TODAY newspaper. He manages The Gambia Newswave blog and is also a contributor for Global Voices Online.

Deputy Director

Isatou Bittaye graduated from the University of The Gambia in 2011 with a degree in Political Science. For several years, she has worked as a journalist with the Foroyaa newspaper. She holds a Diploma in Professional Journalism from the Gambia Press Union/Gambia Media Support project with the Danish School of Journalism. She is a Civic Rights Educator and is passionate about defending the rights of the vulnerable, and the empowerment of women and children. Isatou won the “Best Female Sports Writer of the Year” award in 2009 by the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia.

Director of Programmes

Lamin Jahateh is a journalist and a blogger.  He is an editor at the privately-owned The Point Newspaper. He has worked for the MarketPlace Newspaper as deputy news editor.  He is a correspondent for the Africa Press Agency in The Gambia and also writes feature and opinion articles on various issues for Aljazeera English.  As a journalist, he has a special interest in business and financial journalism.

Finance and Administration

Haddija Jawara is a Gambian journalist with seven years experience. She is an assistant trainer at The Gambia Press Union School of Journalism, where she bagged a diploma in journalism. She is a professional designer of newsletters, has coordinated media activities and hold leadership positions such as treasurer of The Gambia Press Union board and former treasurer of YJAG. She is also an advocate for women’s rights and the reform of media laws in The Gambia. Over the years, she has built strong relationships with many organizations, and has the ability to work within and between teams of workers.

Advocacy and Communication/News Editor

Modou S. Joof is a Gambian journalist and blogger. He holds an Advance Diploma in Journalism from the Gambia Press Union School of Journalism. He is the editor and publisher of The North Bank Evening Standard. He is also a managing editor at the privately-owned, The Voice newspaper. Mr. Joof has been working as a journalist and an advocate since 2008.

Web Master/Communications Assistant

Abdoulie Nget has work as a journalist in The Gambia since April 2009. He worked with the banned privately owned newspaper, The Daily News. He is a layout editor at The Standard Newspaper and has special interest in writing, editing and designing.

Head of Women’s Affairs/Finance and Administrative Assistant

Binta A. Bah is a Gambian journalist and blogger. She is the publisher of Women’s Bantaba, which focuses on human rights, especially women’s rights, press freedom and freedom of expression. She holds a diploma in journalism from Insight Training Center. She started working as a journalist at The Daily News in 2009 and rose through the ranks to become a senior judicial affairs reporter. She has a vast experience of covering high profile court cases including treason trials. She runs the ‘Mussolula Bantabaa’ on The Daily News, a weekly column that focuses on women’s affairs. In 2011, she was awarded The Daily News Journalist of The Year. As a strong advocate for women’s rights, she said “women are precious.”


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