Friday, January 07, 2005

Hydara killing was an assassination: watchdog group

The killing of prominent Gambian newspaper editor Deyda Hydara was a pre-meditated assassination by well-organized professionals. That's according to the NGO Reporters Without Borders.

Hydara's death three weeks ago had striking similarities with murders of other critics of the regime of President Yahya Jammeh, the group says.
They have called for an independent commission to investigate.

Following Deida Hydara's killing, media protests were staged in Gambia and in neighbouring countries.

Hydara had been a fierce opponent of new laws restricting press freedom and had written articles severely attacking them.

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