Freed Vietnamese political prisoner says guards made him work in jail without pay — Radio Free Asia

When Phan Kim Khanh, a former member of President Barack Obama’s Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative, was serving a six-year sentence in Vietnam, he didn’t fathom that guards would force him to work six hours a day without compensation. Authorities in the communist one-party state arrested Khanh, now 30, in 2017 for running two independent … Read more

Journalist and aid worker freed in Mali after years as hostages

A French journalist held hostage by Islamic extremists for nearly two years in Mali was released on Monday, according to the French president and media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.  Olivier Dubois was kidnapped in April 2021 from northern Mali, a region of the country wracked by jihadi violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State … Read more

Kidnapped French journalist and American aid worker freed in West Africa

A French journalist an an American aid worker held hostage in West Africa were both freed on Monday. Officials in Niger unexpectedly announced Monday morning that Olivier Dubois and Jeffery Woodke had taken a special flight to the country’s capital but provided no details.  US officials said that the American hostage was not freed in Niger … Read more

French reporter freed after nearly two years in jihadist captivity — RT Africa

French journalist Olivier Dubois was released from captivity in Mali on Monday, after being held hostage for 23 months by militants with ties to al-Qaeda. The release comes several months after France withdrew its troops from the former colony. Photos posted on social media showed Dubois arriving at Niamey Airport in Niger, and the journalist’s … Read more

Sidney Holmes: Man who was wrongfully convicted is freed after 34 years in jail

CNN  —  A man who served more than 34 years of a 400-year sentence for an armed robbery was released from a Florida jail this week after prosecutors dismissed charges against the wrongly convicted man. “I never lost hope and always knew this day would come,” Sidney Holmes, now 57, said when he learned he … Read more