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We mourn Deyda's death

Dec 16, 2009, 2:11 PM

It's exactly five years since the late Deyda Hydara was gunned down by unknown assassins, who used the cover of the night to do their ill-gotten intention.

Sadly, this incident happened on the night of the thirteenth anniversary of the existence of this paper.

Whatever reason must have catapulted to the killing of one of the illustrious sons of the land, who's a staunch believer in human rights and press freedom, his killers must not go scot-free.

No doubt Deyda was a finest fabric of the profession, who valiantly stood in defence of the profession, despite all the odds. His only crime if there is any, was serving the ethics of the profession, the norms and values that constitute true practices of the arts.

It's rather unfortunate that after five years into the killing of this finest son of the land, the perpetrators are yet to be brought to book.

Deyda like any other person deserves some degree of respect to bring into purview those responsible for this heinous crime, let alone he was a man who stood valiantly to defend press freedom.

We urge that investigations into his untimely death be strengthened until the perpetrators are brought to justice.

 We sympathise with the family on the sad occasion of the anniversary of his brutal assassination and pray that his soul rest in perfect peace.

"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."

Samuel Johnson