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Who killed Deyda?

Dec 17, 2010, 11:56 AM

It’s six years since we have been asking this question, as highlighted in every issue of The Point newspaper.

We have also regularly carried calls for the killers of the late Deyda Hydara to be tracked down, with the seriousness their heinous crime deserves, so that justice is seen to be done in this matter, which continues to be of national and international concern.

Since the cold- blooded murder of Deyda Hydara in 2004 justice is yet to be done in his case.

As a result, we once again call on the Gambia government to reopen the investigations into his death or perhaps invite foreign investigators to help them.

Meanwhile, we will continue to ask this question until the day Allahu Subahanowu Watala exposes the murderers of this great Gambian journalist.

Indeed, Deyda Hydara was among those who contributed a lot in this nation’s strides towards development through his efforts to promote press freedom in The Gambia.

We recall how he stood firm, with other members of the Gambia Press Union, to challenge the setting up of a National Press Council and the National Media Commission to function as institutions stifling a truly free press in the Gambia. 

As a newspaper co-publisher, Deyda Hydara recruited many young people, some of whom are today contributing immensely to the socio-economic development of this country.

Indeed, the late Deyda and his partners in the business made it possible for many young Gambians to have gainful employment by working with The Point newspaper.

Thus, he leaves a legacy to be remembered.

It was fitting, therefore, that journalists in the Gambia under the auspices of the Gambia Press Union with support from Media Agenda organised a commemorative lecture on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the murder of someone who they now count among the heroes of the Gambia.

Deyda will always live in our hearts, and continue to have our prayers.

May his soul rest in perfect peace! Amen.