Eritrea pressed to free journalists

An international press freedom watchdog has urged Eritrea to free 13 journalists who have been held "incommunicado" in secret jails for the past five years without trial.

    Eritrea has been described as Africa's worst jailer of journalists

    The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) also denounced the continued detention of the journalists, who were seized in a 2001 government crackdown.

    "Not only is the government continuing to hold these prisoners without charge or trial, it is withholding even the most basic information about them, including whether they are still alive,"  Joel Simon, CPJ chief, said on Saturday.

    "Eritrea's blatant disregard for human rights and due process makes it the worst jailer of journalists in Africa," he said.

    The watchdog also disputed government explanation that the journalists were detained because they threatened national security and had failed to observe licensing requirements.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.