British and French journalists freed one day after arrest

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A British and French journalist who had been arrested during a sweep for rebels in flash-point districts of  Burundi’s capital were released on Friday.

The country’s deputy police spokesman said police had picked up British photojournalist Phil Moore and Jean-Philippe Remy, a French journalist, during raids in Jabe and Nyakabiga neighbourhoods in Bujumbura on Thursday.

Remy is the Africa bureau chief for the French newspaper Le Monde, while Moore, a freelance photographer, has often reported from conflict zones in the region.  Both men have won awards for their coverage of sub-Saharan Africa.

The arrests of the two had provoked an international backlash threatening to spiral into a diplomatic row between Burundi, France and Britain.

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