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Last updated: 27 january, 2011 - 14:25 GMT

Freed into a new Tunisia

Tunisian protesters shout slogans near the office of the Tunisian Prime Minister, January 2011. Photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images

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The protests in Tunisia that ousted President Ben Ali brought new freedoms not just for the people, but also for the country's political prisoners.

Last week the caretaker government released political prisoners detained under the regime of President Ben Ali, and among them was the journalist Fahem Boukadous.

He was arrested after reporting on protests against unemployment and other grievances in the Tunisian province of Gafsa in 2008.

Fahem was sentenced to four years in prison during hearings that human rights organisations condemned as 'show trials'.

Fahem suffers from severe asthma, and last year there was serious concern for his life when he and other political prisoners went on hunger strike to protest about their continuing incarceration.

But now that he is finally free, Fahem Boukadous spoke to Outlook's Matthew Bannister and described what conditions had been like in prison.

Hunger striker Mouhamed Ayouni protests outside the prime minister's office, January 2011, as part of the country's 'Jasmine Revolution'. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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