Freetown - A journalist held in Sierra Leone since 3 November
after a guest on his radio show criticised President Ernest Bai Koroma's
handling of the Ebola outbreak was released from jail on Friday.
David Tam Baryoh, host of the weekly "Monologue"
programme on the private Citizen FM station, had been arrested and sent to
Freetown's notorious Pademba Road jail, following an executive order signed by
the president earlier this month.
But on Friday, Sierra Leone's Deputy Information Minister
Theo Nicol told AFP that Baryoh had "been put on a ten thousand dollar
bail by the Criminal Investigation Department after a statement has been taken
No charges have been filed against Baryoh.
The arrest followed Baryoh's show being taken off air during
a live broadcast on 1 November, according to the Committee to Protect
Journalists (CPJ), citing local media.
Baryoh had interviewed an opposition party spokesperson who
criticised Koroma and his government's handling of the Ebola outbreak.
The host and his guest both also criticised Koroma's
intention to run for a third term in office, according to local media.
Sierra Leone's Attorney General Frank Kargbo had said it was
alleged that Baryoh had made "inflammatory statements" during his
broadcast, claiming that "recent events in Burkina Faso could occur in
President Blaise Compaore, who headed Burkina Faso for 27
years, was forced to resign on 31 October by a popular uprising following an
attempt to change the constitution to extend his rule.
Sierra Leone is one of the countries worst hit by the Ebola
The latest World Health Organisation figures show that 1 187
people in Sierra Leone had died from the virus as of 11 November out of 5 586
In total, the UN health agency has reported 5 177 deaths
across eight countries out of a total of 14 413 cases of infection.
Pademba Road was built for 324 inmates but currently houses
around 1 200. Government health experts have linked deaths among prisoners to
acute malnutrition, lack of hygienic conditions, malaria and heart failure.