«Class of 2005

Charles Jackson

managing editor, Exile News Magazine (Ghana), Liberia

Jackson was born in Monrovia, Liberia and attended the University of Liberia, where he earned a certificate in mass communication. He began his journalism career in 1993 as a reporter for the New Democrat Newspaper and later worked as society editor. As war broke out in Monrovia in 1996, his newspaper’s offices were looted and burned and the newspaper was forced to stop publishing. He joined the Heritage Newspaper in Monrovia as a news editor for two years, before returning to the resurrected New Democrat in 1998 as managing editor. Then in September 2000, following public vows of retaliation against the New Democrat and Jackson by President Charles Taylor for stories critical of his administration — and increasing intimidation and death threats from Taylor’s security forces — Jackson fled to Ghana for his safety. In 2003, with support from the Media Foundation for West Africa, Jackson and other Liberian refugee journalists launched a monthly magazine, Exile News, which focuses on refugee issues.

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