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Journalist who was beaten by president's men leaves hospital but still fears for his safety

(RSF/IFEX) - Journalist Habib Papy Boudendji, known as Habib Bilalou, of the satirical weekly "Le Nganga", left hospital on 10 December 2008 after treatment for serious injuries from a brutal beating by soldiers within the presidential palace overnight on 5-6 December. In one of his articles, carried by "Le Nganga" on 27 November, he pointed the finger at the head of state's eldest daughter and director of the presidential cabinet, Pascaline Bongo, in an alleged embezzlement case.

The journalist told Reporters Without Borders that he had been clubbed on the feet and was unable to walk properly. Habib Bilalou has also been left with several bruising to his face, particularly to one eye and his nose. He said he was "worried" for his safety.

Updates the Boudendji case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/99216

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