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Jailed S Leone journalist freed
Paul Kamara (copyright: Worldpress.org)
Paul Kamara has already served one year of his sentence
A Sierra Leonean journalist jailed for writing articles attacking the president has had his sentence quashed.

Paul Kamara had been convicted of seditious libel in October 2004 and sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

"My release is a victory for the free press in this country," he told the BBC after the appeal's court decision.

The BBC's Lansana Fofana said his case has generated wide public interest with pleas from media rights groups worldwide demanding his release.

Reporters Without Borders said at the time of his conviction that the sentence looked more like a harsh punishment for a dissident voice than a fair decision aimed at keeping the peace in Sierra Leone.

Mr Kamara has already served one year of his sentence and his newspaper For Di People was shut down for six months.

"Imprisonment has not broken my spirit to publish the truth or stand for the people's right to know," he said on his release on Tuesday night.




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