Tunisia frees journalists, political prisoners
Tunisia's interim government released 1,800 political prisoners on Wednesday (January 19th), Le Parisien reported. They included ailing journalist Fahem Boukadous, his wife confirmed to the North African Office of the Committee to Protect Journalists. According to the press freedom NGO, imprisoned Radio Kalima correspondent Nizar Ben Hasan and bloggers Azyz Amamy and Slim Amamou were freed last week.
In his first televised address on Wednesday, Interim President Fouad Mebazaa announced that a general amnesty would be discussed at the government's first meeting on Thursday. There is no word as to whether the four ministers who resigned from the cabinet would return for the meeting.
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