Jul 2, 2010, 12:44 PM
The gunmen who killed Deyda Hydara on
the night of
Now the West Africa Journalists'
Association (WAJA) will be honouring Deyda Hydara, the martyr to press freedom,
tonight at the Kairaba Beach Hotel with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This
award, like the others, is a recognition of Deyda Hydara's unwavering commitment
to the cause of press freedom and freedom of expression in
In a significant way, Deyda Hydara has
defeated death and put his killers to shame. His contributions to humanity are
now being celebrated all over the world. Seminars are now being conducted on
his writings. A journalism student in
These posthumous accolades on Deyda Hydara should serve as a reminder to all those suffering from journalism-phobia that it is pointless to kill a journalist. By killing a practising journalist, you inadvertently make him or her into a legend. Just as it is counterproductive to send a journalist to jail, or impose heavy fines on them. It is best to allow journalists to regulate themselves by their own code of conduct.
This was the position of the late Deyda Hydara; he asserted throughout his journalistic career that journalists should not be sent to jail for press offences. He believed that erring journalists could and should be disciplined in line with the media code of conduct.
We therefore accept the Lifetime Achievement Award that will be conferred posthumously on the late Deyda Hydara tonight with pride and glee. It is yet another vindication of the late journalist's commitment to the finest ideals of journalism. Deyda Hydara lives on!
"It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time." [if supportFields]>tc ""It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time." "
The Life of Samuel Johnson [In Boswell, (1791)]