Jul 23, 2008, 6:02 AM
Journalists still live in fear four years after unpunished murder of Deyda Hydara
Borders today expressed its disgust at the obstruction and bad faith of the
Gambian authorities who have allowed continuing impunity to the killers of
Deyda Hydara, co-founder of privately-owned daily The Point, four years after his murder on
Hydara, who was also
There were several
reasons for believing that Deyda Hydara was targeted to silence fierce
criticism regularly levelled by this journalist, former president of the Gambia
Press Union (
The police investigation promised by the Gambian authorities got nowhere. The only official report, sent to the press by the Gambian intelligence services in 2005, was "confidential", outlining several leads, most of them absurd, which were supposedly intended to shed light on the circumstances of the killings.
The Gambian press, reduced to a few privately-owned newspapers under close government scrutiny is trying to survive in a climate in which the least incident is severely punished.