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January 31, 2008

Plight of journalists held in “African gulag”

By Julie Tomlin GR

Reporters Without Borders has described as an “African gulag” Eritrea’s secret prison where at least four journalists, including award winning Seyoum Tsehaye are being held.

Tsehaye who is said to be in Eiraeiro prison camp was arrested with around 12 newspaper publishers and editors in a 2001 round-up ordered by President Issaias Afeworki. He went missing within the Eritrean prison system in April 2002, when the authorities transferred him and several other prisoners to secret locations.

Last year RSF named Eritrea the worst nation in the world for press freedom.

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