ASN ‘s mission is based on a commitment to report news and current affairs in our neighborhoods. Founded/Published by Omar Bah, a journalist based in Providence, Rhode Island, ASN reports on pressing issues affecting the common person in communities in which we live. Through this, we encourage what is known as ‘Citizen Reporting’ whereas readers provide information and news items which would be published. In so doing, people can mail us pictures with short emails on issues they see in the streets that they think should be in the public domain. We also welcome opinions and analysis on various topics that could promote a healthy debate environment.
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Sulayman Makalo is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of ASN. Mr. Makalo has a vast experience in journalism. He joined The Independent newspaper as a freelance reporter in July 1999, where he rose to the rank of a Senior Reporter then assistant Editor-In-Chief. The paper was forcefully closed down by the regime of Yahya Jammeh in March 2006. In June 2006, he was appointed Editor-In-Chief of the Daily Xpress newspaper. Shortly after the first publication of the Daily Xpress, Makalo quit his position due to family pressure and constant threats by the country’s notorious spy agency National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
In July 2006, he fled The Gambia to neighboring Senegal after receiving series of threats on his life. After almost a year in Senegal, he moved to Ghana in February 2007 where he worked with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) at the research and publications department. While in Ghana (and with the help of MFWA), Mr. Makalo together with his colleague, Omar Bah, compiled a dossier about press freedom violations in The Gambia. He relocated to the United States of America after a year under a refugee program run by the International Organization of Migration (IOM).
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Bubacarr Sowe is the Administrator and assistant editor of ASN. Mr. Sowe started his journalism career some eleven years ago with the Foroyaa newspaper as a reporter. He remained with the paper as a senior reporter until 2008 when he left for the United Kingdom. He was credited for being the first journalist to have broken the news about the arrest and subsequent disappearance of journalist “Chief” Ebrima Manneh in 2006. Over the years, Bubacarr’s writings have appeared in the New African magazine and Think Africa Press.