CPJ calls for independent inquiry into editor's death
August 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET
The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by the July 28 death of independent newspaper editor Harry Yansaneh.
An autopsy attributed Yansaneh's death to kidney failure. Yansaneh, acting editor of the daily For Di People, was assaulted on May 10 by a group of attackers. Prior to his death, Yansaneh alleged that Member of Parliament Fatmata Hassan had ordered the attack, according to local sources and press freedom organizations. Hassan, a member of your Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), was seeking at the time to evict For Di People and five other independent newspapers from the office space they had rented from her family for many years. The other newspapers were The Independent Observer, The Pool, The African Champion, The Pioneer and The Progress.
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