Pap Saine: Deyda gone, but legacy remains

Friday, December 28, 2018

Pap Saine, the co-publisher and director of The Point Newspaper has said that Deyda Hydara is gone but his legacy is here to stay; and they will continue to fight to promote freedom of expression and promote divergent views which he had fought for.

“Deyda was killed for two reasons,” Pap said, “one for the famous column ‘Good Morning Mr President’ and two, because he fought tooth and nail by mobilizing his colleagues of media chiefs to say no to the draconian laws,” he said.

The renowned and well-respected journalist Deyda was gunned downed by unknown assailants on December 16, 2004 and his murderers are yet to face justice.  Therefore, his childhood friend and co-publisher Pap Saine is appealing to the government to bring the culprits to justice.

Mr. Saine made this request at the launching of the Gambia Media Council held on Sunday at Djembe Hotel as part of series of events organised by the Gambia Press Union (GPU) in honour of Deyda Hydara.

 “Dr. Carroll, you are the chairman of the law reforms, you are the one deputizing the minister of Justice, and I am appealing once again to government to make sure everything is done for the arrest of the culprits of Deyda Hydara who currently are harboring in the neighbouring countries,” Saine said.

“And then if you could remember Dr. Carroll last year, government issued an arrest warrant against two people namely; Ex-Colonel Kawsu Camara (Bombardier) and Major Sanna Manjang who was (sic) among the “junglers”. They are presently harboring in neighboring countries, government should do its utmost in a diplomatic way to make it possible for those people to be brought to justice, face TRRC.

“We’ll convey this message to government to know that we are in a haste to get these people arrested.”

The Point’s director said Deyda was killed two days after the draconian laws were passed and enacted in the parliament – laws that Deyda stood firm on his ground to advocate against
Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko
Source: Picture: Pap Saine