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Newspaper editor released provisionally pending outcome of appeal

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders welcomes the provisional release on 9 November 2007 of Felisberto da Grâça Campos, the editor of the weekly "Semanario Angolense", pending the outcome of his appeal against the eight-month sentence he received on 3 October on charges of defaming, insulting and denigrating a former minister.

The judge who tried Grâça Campos originally ruled that he had to begin serving the sentence immediately, although his lawyer was appealing against the verdict.

"This wise decision shows that the Angolese judicial system has realised how unfair it is to jail this journalist," Reporters Without Borders said. "We hope this ruling will serve as the basis for a complete overhaul of the law in order to bring it into line with democratic principles."

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