12 December 2012

Gambia: The Gambia Press Union Public Announcement

press release

Gunmen who are still at large killed Deyda Hydara in a drive-by shooting on the night of 16th December 2004. His murder plunged the media fraternity into a mood of despondency that it is yet to recover from. Since then, the media in The Gambia has been commemorating the event with public lectures, addressing pertinent issues that affect journalism, journalists and development in general in The Gambia.

Despite repeated calls for the State to investigate the murder and punish the culprits, no discernible step has been taken so far. The first report on the murder conducted by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in 2005 openly blamed the deceased for his own death. It came up with all sorts of hypotheses without pushing the clues. And since then, there has been no further action on the matter.

Therefore it is a GPU tradition that the murder of Deyda Hydara is commemorated annually on 16th December.

In view of the above, The Gambia Press Union wishes to inform the general public that the 8th anniversary of the murder of Deyda Hydara will be commemorated on Sunday, 16th December 2012 with a public lecture on the theme, 'Media as a Catalyst for Development'.

The public lecture will be held at theWilliam Dixon Colley Memorial Hall, GPU Secretariat, Fajara, commencing 4:00pm prompt.

The general public is cordially invited to attend.

Executive Board

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