21 July 2005


Editor's health deteriorating following assault

Incident details

Harry Yanssaneh


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(MFWA/IFEX) - The health of Harry Yanssaneh, editor of the privately-owned newspaper "For Di People", continues to deteriorate since he was assaulted on 10 May 2005 by thugs allegedly acting on the orders of Fatmata Hassan, a member of parliament of the ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP).

On 10 May, Yanssaneh was beaten brutally at his "For Di People" offices by six persons in the presence of Hassan. The editor was later abandoned with a swollen face and bruised body.

Yanssaneh, who is also a university student, is very ill and has been compelled to abandon lectures and his second semester exams, which began on 19 July.

According to MFWA-Sierra Leone, a recent medical report issued by a specialist at Freetown's CUPID Health Centre indicated that Yanssaneh was suffering from kidney trouble. This has been linked to the beatings he received.

Yanssaneh and witnesses to the assault reported the matter to police, but no arrests have been made to date.


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