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The Daily News calls for justice, 12 years since assassination of Deyda Hydara

Dec 16, 2016, 11:43 AM | Article By: Madi M.K.Ceesay, Editor/publisher, Daily News

Twelve years ago one of Gambia’s leading journalists, Deyda Hydara, co-founder of The Point newspaper and AFP reporter, at the time, was killed exactly on a Thursday like today around Kanifing police intervention police unit barracks, and to-date not a single arrest was made in connection with the killing.

What is wrong with our police and intelligence units? How can such a killing take place for this long without a trace or arrest of anyone in connection with this heinous crime?  

How do you (government of The Gambia) think his wife has felt over these hard and difficult 12 years? Not to talk about his children, who are all rendered fatherless for this time! How about his staff, who loved him so much, and what about us his colleagues in the media?

Thanks to Allah that a new government is coming in, and we hope the investigations into the killing of Deyda will be reopened and handled professionally.

We hope the new government will not fail, like the Jammeh regime failed, to investigate this gruesome killing of a good citizen like Deyda.

People who think killing this veteran will be an end to his ideas are now proven wrong as, 12 years later, The Point newspaper is still around and going strong, bravo to the team; though some of the pages are missing as they went down temporarily with Deyda, the likes of Good Morning Mr. President, but with time these pages will soon re-surface.

We at the Daily News join our esteem readership and the entire Gambia Press Union members, staff at The Point newspaper, family members of late Deyda Hydara and Gambians a whole to pray for the departed soul, and hope very soon justice will overruled the injustice in his case and that of all other cases.

Long live Press Freedom and long live The Gambia!