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Madi Ceesay

Madi Ceesay, a prominent Gambian editor, is founder of the journalism training organization Media Agenda. He is a 2006 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award.

Blog   |   Gambia

Gambia has 'no stake' in Hydara murder

(Agence France-Presse)

Last week, President Yahya Jammeh, at left, discussed the unsolved 2004 murder case of editor Deyda Hydara in an interview on "One on One," a weekly program on The Gambia Radio and Television Service. The government "has for long been accused by the international community and so-called human rights organisations for the murder of Deyda Hydara, but we have no stake in this issue," media reports quoted Jammeh as saying. "And up to now one of these stupid Web sites carries 'Who Killed Deyda Hydara'? Let them go and ask Deyda Hydara who killed him," The Point newspaper quoted him as saying. 

June 10, 2009 5:45 PM ET


Blog   |   Gambia

Remembering Deyda Hydara, four years after his murder

I last saw Deyda Hydara alive on December 14, 2004, only two days before his death. To this day, the gunmen who shot dead the Gambia's best-known journalist as he drove home from work are still at large. The crime remains unsolved.

December 16, 2008 5:41 PM ET


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