Tunisan journalist Fahem Boukadous released from Prison

Thursday, 20 January 2011 Written by Rory Peck Trust

We are delighted to learn of Fahem Boukadous's release from prison, which comes as Tunisia's interim government honour their pledge to free political prisoners.

Fahem was jailed in Gafsa in July last year after a gruelling 6 month appeals process which badly affected his health.  He learned his fate from a hospital bed, unable to attend court after suffering a severe asthma attack from which he never fully recovered.

The journalist received a 4-year prison sentence for filming anti-government protests for an Italian-based news station in Gafsa in 2008. The Trust has been in regular contact with him and his wife, Afef, throughout their ordeal and have made two grants which have helped them meet the cost of medical bills.

We hope to talk to Fahem soon but in the meantime, send him and Afef our very best wishes.

CPJ have reported that three other journalists: Radio Kalima correspondent Nizar Ben Hasan and bloggers Azyz Amamy and Slim Amamou have also been released since the collapse of Ben Ali's regime.

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