Aug 28, 2013, 10:24 AM
Newspaper recognised the 4th anniversary of the tradegy which befell the
newspaper and the country on the whole on
It was a gruesome murder of one of our dedicated, courageous and accomplished journalist of the country, it was incongruous that this crime occured on the day that The Point's staff were jublilating as they celebrated the 13 anniversary of the inauguration of this news paper. It was a tragic and diabolic incident in thelives of Gambian journalists as the sad news spread around town and the question that was on the lips of journalists and the public in general was why was Deyda murdered and by whom? That was four years ago and on this 4th anniversary of the murder we are asking the same questions, as we are nowhere near discovering the answers to these pertinent questions. At that time the security officers reported that the investigations would contiue and no stone would be left unturned to apprehend the perpetrator or perpretators such crimes against humanity and to bring them to justice.
It is now
It is a dreadful and appalling situation that Deyda's murderers are still at large and probably living normal liveswithin the society while they have deprived a family of their loved one, The Gambia of an illustrious, experienced and competent journalist, as he performed his duties of a journalist. Journalists are essential members of the society engaged in informing, educating and entertaining the public. Their function is crucial in the development process of any country and they are necessary partners in development. Why then should they be targeted and brutally eliminated as they carry out their normal and useful duties to the public?
country must endeavour to establish a viable press in its development process.
Before 1992 the
We commend and applaud Pap Saine and all the loyal and dedicated staff who were prepared to work tirelessly and help the publication of the newspaper to continue and progress. In these four years.
The standard of the Point has improved substantially. We wish the entire staff and Pap Saine well and we look forward to further improvements as the years roll by. Journalists are heartened that the government appears to have recognised the value of journalists because in recent months journalists have been invited to attend various workshops organised to help them improve on reporting qualities and other journalistic functions. Journalists are partners in the development processof the country, we are not enemies of the state because we attempt to publish truths and to inform the public of accurences in the country from day to day. We pray that the Point will continue the good work without fear of favour.