Newsman Freed From Gitmo After 6 Years

Al-Jazeera cameraman held for 6 years
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 6:24 AM CDT
A Sudanese boy looks on during a protest supporting Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj, a Sudanese national who was arrested by the U.S. military while working for Al jazeera during the invasion of Afghanistan...   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A cameraman was released yesterday from the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay after being held without charges for 6 years. Al-Jazeera's Sami al-Hajj, who has been on a hunger strike, was immediately taken to a hospital in Khartoum. "I've been dreaming of this moment," said the Sudanese journalist, who was arrested in 2002 as he covered the US invasion of Afghanistan.

"We are delighted that Sami al-Hajj can finally be reunited with his family and friends," said the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. "But his detention, without the most basic due process, is a grave injustice and represents a threat to all journalists working in conflict areas."