President, 16 December marked the 14th anniversary of the assassination of
Deyda Hydara, co-founder of The Point newspaper who we are still mourning. The
16 December date also marks the 27th anniversary of The Point Newspaper since
its coming into existence.
We want to use this opportunity to thank all our advertisers, readership and well-wishers for the support and encouragement throughout these years.
Mr. President, we would like to commend your government for issuing the arrest warrant made by the Police last May for the arrest of the suspected perpetrators of murder of the late Deyda Hydara; Ex-Lt. Colonel Kawsu Camara alias Bombardie, former commander of Kanilia camp and former Major Sana Manjang, one of former president Jammeh’s junglers.
These suspected perpetrators are believed to be in the neighbouring countries and we still appeal to your government to initiate diplomatic moves so that they can be brought to face justice especially at this time that the TRRC will soon begin its work.
Mr. President, we also commend your government for compensating the family of the late Deyda Hydara by paying half of the money that should be paid to the family as recommended by the ECOWAS Court. We hope that the other half will be remitted soon.
We would also stand in solidarity with one of our Layout editors Nian Sarang Jobe, who sustained bullet shots during that fateful night as she was also in the vehicle that Deyda was driving alongside another staff Ida Jagne. Nian who is still suffering from a knee injury sustained from the gunshots is seeking compensation from your government and we appeal that you consider her request.
Mr. President, as you know, the media in The Gambia is struggling and in order to help them with some of their challenges, we are appealing to you to abolish the draconian media laws. Parastatals and government departments should also be paying their advertisement bills on time to help support the operations of the media.
We commend your government for scrapping the education levy tax for media houses that is all geared towards promoting freedom of expression, human rights and the rule of law, which your government has been working on since it came into office.
Finally Mr. President, we thank your government for opening its doors to the media and allowing the flow of information. The media now enjoys a free working environment without the fear of being unlawfully arrested, tortured or jailed.