Senegalese ambassador to The Gambia, Saliou Ndiaye, has commended The Point
Newspaper for enhancing the legacy epitomized by the late Deyda Hydara, the
co-proprietor and managing editor of the paper who was gunned down by enemies
of press freedom.
“I commend Pap Saine and the staff of The Point for a job well done in promoting press freedom and continuing the legacy of Deyda Hydara. I warmly congratulate them for winning several international awards,” he said.
His Excellency Ambassador Saliou Ndiaye was speaking at the 13th Anniversary of the killing of Mr. Hydara held at the UTG’s Law Faculty.
He said that the day reflects the memories of men and people like Deyda Hydara and Chief Ebrima Maneh, who died for defending the ideals of freedom and democracy.
“It is a day of remembrance for those who have also been tortured or imprisoned, such as Saidykhan, Pap Saine and Ebrima Sillah,” he said.
“All of these people are examples of courage and loyalty to the Gambian nation, friendship and the defense of ideas.”
“This is what we will want to say to all these young journalists here, to all these young people; so that they know that the Gambian people will eternally remember their worthy sons who have charted the way forward.”
He also paid tribute to the wife of Deyda HYDARA and all her family especially to Baba Hydara, who also spoke at the occasion.
“To all of you, I would simply say, thinking of Deyda and Chief Manneh, remember these words of a famous politician:
“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hopes till lives and the dream shall never die.”