The late Deyda Hydara and disappeared Chief Ebrima Manneh
The British Embassy in Banjul, the European Union delegation to The Gambia and the US Embassy in Banjul Monday said they look forward to the outcome of the UN investigations into the murder of Deyda Hydara and the disappearance of fellow journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh.
In a statement issued jointly and posted on a Facebook page, the three diplomatic missions said: ‘‘On 16th December 2004, Deyda Hydara, journalist and press freedom advocate was shot dead on his way home from work. Today marks 9 years since his murder which remains unsolved. We look forward to the outcome of the UN investigation into the murder of Deyda Hydara and the disappearance of fellow journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh. “Posted jointly with the EU Delegation to The Gambia and the US Embassy Banjul, The Gambia.’’
Born on 9 June 1946 at Dobson Street in Banjul, Deyda Hydara was gunned down by yet unknown assassins on the night of the thirteenth anniversary of The Point newspaper. Monday 16th December marked the ninth anniversary of his assassination, while he was driving home from work.
As usual, this year’s anniversary was commemorated with a recitation of the holy Quran at his residence in Bakau Katchikally attended by members of the media fraternity, religious leaders as well as family members and neighbours.
Chief Ebrima Manneh was a former reporter with the Daily Observer newspaper, and reportedly disappeared since July 2006.