By Umaru FofanaMy looks have completely changed in recent months. Long hair now colonizes my chin and my head. Never in my adult life have I waited longer than a week without a shave or a haircut, let alone for four months. One ends up doing the strangest things for press freedom in Sierra Leone.
The case had all the hallmarks of a sordid thriller.
There was "a rogue politician, a journalist getting killed, a staunchly
incurious police, and the media in frenzy," veteran journalist Lansana Gberie wrote
in the New African, describing the fatal
2005 beating of editor Harry Yansaneh in
New York, March 23, 2009 -- The already murderous conditions for the press in Sri Lanka and Pakistan deteriorated further in the past year, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its newly updated Impunity Index, a list of countries where journalists are killed regularly and governments fail to solve the crimes. Colombia, historically one of the world’s deadliest nations for the press, improved as the rate of murders declined and prosecutors won important recent convictions.
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