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Information minister steps in, prevents Jamaican journalist from being expelled

(RSF/IFEX) - Grenadian information minister Einstein Louison announced on 18 February 2008 that he intervened personally to allow Jamaican journalist Tenesha Thomas of the regional news agency Caribupdate to continue working in Grenada.

Thomas, who was sent by her agency to cover Grenada's parliamentary election campaign, was arrested on 15 February and was told she would be expelled because her residence permit had expired. Immigration officials refused to rescind the expulsion order after she had demonstrated that they had misread the permit's expiry date.

Louison defended the immigration officials insisting that Thomas had overstayed and regretted that Caribupdate had "politicised" the case. But he said he arranged things for Thomas "in the interests of press freedom." She will be able to stay in Grenada until 8 March.

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