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Journalist killed



(CPJ/IFEX) - On 9 January 1999, Paul Mansaray, deputy editor of the
"Standard Times", his wife, two young children, and an unnamed nephew were
all murdered by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels at his residence on
Andrews Street, in Calabar Town, in the east end of Freetown. An unnamed
fellow journalist, who was with Mansaray and his family at the time, saw the
RUF rebels approaching the house and immediately alerted Mansaray. The
journalist then jumped from a window as Mansaray was alerting his family to
flee, and escaped to a neighbor's house. Mansaray and his family were unable
to escape before the RUF rebels raided his home. From the neighbor's
residence, the RUF rebels were overheard shouting at and threatening
Mansaray about his journalistic work. They then exited the premises and set
the house ablaze, firing their weapons into the house as it burned to the
ground with Mansaray and his family trapped inside.


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