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Newspaper editor released after spending three days in prison

(RSF/IFEX) - "I would like to thank everybody for the support that I have been given since Friday and before that," "The Post" editor Fred M'membe told Reporters Without Borders as he was released on 7 June 2010 from Lusaka prison, where he had just spent three days.

"I am very grateful to my fellow journalists," said M'membe, who was sentenced to four months in prison with hard labour on 4 June on a contempt of court charge. "I have received more than the support I thought I would get and I deserve."

M'membe was granted a conditional release pending the outcome of his appeal. He was clearly shocked by his jail experience. "Our prisoners are treated like animals," he said. "Our pigs, chickens, dogs sleep much better than prisoners."

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