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Eritrea Releases Six More Journalists

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Reporters Without Borders is happy to learn of the release on bail of six Eritrean journalists who had been held since a wave of arrests in February 2009.

They are Bereket Misghina, Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu and Basilios Zemo of Radio Bana, Meles Negusse Kiflu, who worked for Radio Bana and Radio Zara, Girmay Abraham of Radio Dimtsi Hafash and Petros Teferi.

“We are delighted to learn of the release of these six journalists, which is an exceptional development in the terrible conditions prevailing in Eritrea, said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. At this point, we don’t have additional information about the circumstances of their release or their state of health. We will obviously follow the situation closely.”

At least seven other journalists who were rounded up in February 2009 – Mohammed Said Mohammed, Biniam Ghirmay, Esmail Abd-el-Kader, Araya Defoch, Mohammed Dafla, Simon Elias and Yemane Hagos – were released on bail in March 2013.

The most dramatic event in the February 2009 wave of arrests was a raid on Radio Bana, a small radio station in the centre of the capital that broadcast educational programmes sponsored by the education ministry. All of its staff – about 50 journalists – were taken to Dobozito detention centre on the outskirts of the capital without any explanation being given.

According to the figures compiled by Reporters Without Borders, 16 other journalists, including Dawit Isaak and Seyoum Tsehaye, continue to be detained in Eritrea.

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  1. Expect more releases! Eritrea is fixing its issues in preparation for the Constitution.

  2. No charges were filed. They did not go to court. No one knows why they were arrested subsequently released. Sad.
    Even worse, the shabo puppets are going to celebrate it as something monumental and will expect everyone (including the journalists) to be grateful. But in reality, this shows Eritrea is a one man country. it has one head (which has not been working right I might add), two ears, one nose - Esayas. He jailed them and he let them go. Why? Just because he can. He is enabled by the blind supporters. He is crazy. They question his authority..........

  3. What is sad is that the blind supporters cheers when the dictator arrest people and again cheers when he suddenly free them. Where is the rule of law and being tried in a court?. Why were those people arrested in the first place? Those are fathers who lost 5 years of their life just because the dictator decided so. What a shame, this is not what our martyrs died for, to be ruled by one mad and drunk dictator. Shame on us for letting this happening.

  4. We hope to see all the political, faith and opinion prisoners released and the delayed constitution to be prepared in a situation of complete freedom.

  5. Amen to that!

    Small step but in the right direction. We wish those journalist all the norm after six years of suffering.

  6. Sign of growth or rationale when "an adversary" admit a positive attitude done by his counterpart..we never finish to learn..ajoki selam tesfa ayteqretsi..

  7. No sane person is imprisoned in Eritrea. Those in prison are agents of the enemies of Eritrea paid to destabilize our honest government on earth. The government of Eritrea shouldn't release anti-Eritrean elements who are a threat to our sovereignty. I don't think there is a true Eritrean who don't understand what is concoted by anti-Eritrean corporations.

  8. The problem with us Eritreans is we understand other peoples suffering when we or someone close to us is affected by the injustice in Eritrea. What evidence do you have when you say hero's like Petros solomon are anti-Eritrean? Those are people who gave you the Eritrean identify you have. Atleast we should all agree on to give them a fair trial where they could defend themselves.

  9. If you read some of the stuff written by Dan Connell around that time, it is clear Mr. Solomon was telling Mr. Connell way too much. He is not the saint you want to present him to be.

    You say and I quote: "Those are people who gave you the Eritrean identify you have". I disagree completely with your statement. Nobody gave me freely what belonged to me since the day I was born.

    I draw my identity from the body called Eritrea. Therefore my identity IS because I was born Eritrean and chose to remain Eritrean. Nothing else.

  10. "...telling Mr. Connell way too much." Here is my question to you then, whatever the Veteran and Patriot Freedom Fighter Petros Solom is accused of, why is he not given a chance a day in publicly open court to defend for himself? Why all these years without any formal charge, and without a single day in court? The same applies to his comrades as well.

  11. Simply throwing the phrase " national security" can't be the full and legitimate answer to the issue at hand. Do you have any concrete proof beyond any reasonable doubt that these Veteran Freedom Fighters have in deed conspired with the immediate enemy and their foreign agents to destabilize the nation. I don't you can put forward any proof. Zero, zilch, nada !

  12. If Eritrea is so bad... then why was it not listed as the "The 29 Most Miserable Countries In The World" just published by Cato's Misery Index ranks 108 countries based on data from the Economist Intelligence Unit

  13. it is hard to see at this day and age people like you act like a bubble head. you are living your life and never have to contribute for our beloved country but you have so much animosity to the government who is doing everything in its power to defend and protect Eritrea from any intruders whether they are home grown opurtunistes or plane western puppet proxy messengers. even if you heard what Amnesty was planned to do still you have to blame the government of Eritrea about imprisoning people like G-15. please atleast give the benefit of the doubt for both sides until the government settle everything down and give them a day at court for all of us to see what was in store for the nation at 1998-2001. but one thing i can say is government of Eritrea and PIA are not willing to sell Eritrea like you and your likes. who are getting order from CIA and Weyane. what do you say about that ? Zero , Zilch, nada.

    let be peace upon Eritrea and Eritreans.

  14. CPJ welcomes release of six Eritrean journalists

  15. You don't have the right to judge me, and I don't have either. Ranting, spewing hate and anger is not going to take you anywhere.

  16. "Shabo"? Haven't you written under different names before? What is Shaebia to you? This is none your business. Maybe you should worry about what your own government is doing in your country. "Esayas" (Our president) will continue to give you your nightmare, Weyane!

    Just in case you copied the "Shabo" from the Weyane agents, you would rather have them in prison? Why? So that you have something to shout about and a pretext for the bullies to do what you hope they will do? A sane person would first acknowledge this positive step. After that, it is up to you to add your criticism in a manner one would expect from a civilized and patriotic citizen!

  17. Our martyrs died to bring an independent and sovereign country. The government is keeping the country independent and sovereign. If you do not see that and that the national security of the country is not challenged by the Weyane and its enablers, then you are the one who is blind! If the various actions of the Weyane and its enablers since 1998 are not conspiracies against our national security, then what is?

  18. Line 2: If you do not see that and if you say that the national security of the country has continuously been challenged . . . .

  19. He's an Ethiopian troll pretending to be Eritrean. He has been IP banned.


    ` ኣብ ኤርትራ ቅድሚ ትማሊ ረቡዕ ሹዱሽተ ጋዜጠኛታት ከምዝተፈትሑ ኣህጉራዊ ተጣባቒ ጋዜጠኛት ዶብ ኣልቦ ሪፖርተራት ኣፍሊጡ

    ቅድሚ ዓመት ኣቢሉ`ውን ካልኦት 7ተ ጋዜጠኛታት ተፈቲሖም ኔሮም`ዮም ግን ብኣግኡ ኣየውጻእናዮን ይብል እቲ ትካል

    ሕጂ ተፈቲሖም ዘለዉ ኣብ ረድዮ ባና፡ ሬድዮ ዛራ፡ ከምኡ`ውን ኣብ ድምጺ ሓፋሽ ዝሰርሑ ዝነበሩ በረኸት ምስግና፡ ይርጋኣለም ፍስሃ መብራህቱ፡ ባሲሊዮስ ዘሞ፡ መለስ ንጉሰ ክፍሉ፡ ግርማይ ኣብርሃም፡ ጴጥሮስ ተፈሪ`ዮም።

    ቅድሚ ዓመት ኣቢሉ`ውን ካልኦት 7ተ ጋዜጠኛታት ተፈቲሖም ኔሮም`ዮም ግን ብኣግኡ ኣየውጻእናዮን ይብል እቲ ትካል

    “ በቲ ሰበ-ስልጣን ኤርትራ ዝወሰድዎ ስጉምቲ ታሕጓስና ንገልጽ፡ ነቶም ዝተረፉ ክፈትሕ`ውን ነተባብዕ” ይብል ዶብ ኣልቦ ሪፖርተራት

    ኣብ ዶብ ኣልቦ ሪፖርተራት ሓላፊት ክፍሊ ኣፍሪቃ ካን ሲበኽ ንቮኦኤ ዝሃበቶ ቃለ-መጠይቕ ኣብ`ዚ ምስማዕ ይክኣል፡

    መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ንፓትሪያሪክ ኣንጦንዮስ ክፈትሕ ናይ ዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ኮሚሽን ዓለምለኸ ሃይማኖታዊ ነፃነት ፀዊዑ

    ናይ ዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ኮሚሽን ዓለምለኸ ነፃነት ሃይማኖት The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ንፓትሪያርክ ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተክርስቲያን ኣቡነ ኣንጦንዮስ ንክፈትሖም ፀዊዑ።

    ዘይሕጋዊ ምውራድ ኢሉ ዝፀውዖ ስጉምቲ ሻምናይ ዓመት ከምዘቑፀረ መግለፂ USCIRF ይሕብር።

    ‘’USCIRF ኣቡነ ኣንጦንዮስ ብዘይሕጋዊ ካብ ስልጣኖም ምውራዶምን ብቐፃልነት ኣብ ገዛ ምእሳሮምን ብፅኑዕ ንኹንኖ’’ ይብል እቲ መግለፂ።እቶም ፓትሪያሪክ ብከቢድ ሕማም ሽኮር ከምዝሳቐዩን ናይ ሕክምና ሓገዝ ተኸልኪሎም ኩነታት ጥዕንኦም እናሓመቐ ይኸይድ ከምዘሎን ይዝርዝር እቲ መግለፂ።

    መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ንፓትሪያሪክ ኣንጦንዮስ ብዘይውዓል ሕደር ክፈትሖም ብምፅዋዕ ልዕሊ 2,000 ሰባት እውን ብምኽንያት ሃይማኖታዊ እምነቶም ተኣሲሮም ይርከቡ ይብል USCIRF።

    ናይ ሃይማኖት ነፃነት መሰረታዊ’ዃ እንተኾነ እዞም መሰላት እዚኣቶምን ካልኦት ሰብኣዊ መሰላትን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብቶም ዝሓለፉ ልዕሊ 20 ዓመታት ተኸልኪሉ እዩ ይብላ ሓላፊት እቲ ትካል ቸይር ላንቶስ ስዌት።

    ፓትሪያሪክ ኣንጦንዮስ ንመንግስቲ ንዝተቓወሙ 3,000 ሰበኽቲ ከባርሩ ካብ መንግስቲ ንዝቐረበ ትእዛዝ ብዘይምፍፃሞምን ፖለቲካዊ እሱራት ንኽፍትሑ ብምሕታቶምን ሰበስልጣን ኤርትራ 13 ጥሪ 2006 ዓ/ም ካብ መንበረ ፓትሪያርክነቶም ከምዘወገዱዎም እቲ መግለፂ ይሕብር።

    ምንስቴር ጉዳያት ወፃኢ ዩናይትድ ስቴተስ ብምጥሓስ ነፃነት ሃይማኖታት ንኤርትራ ከም ‘’ፍሉይ ሻቐሎት ዘሕደረት ሃገር’’ /country of particular concerns/(CPC) ኢሉ ንኽምድባ USCIRF ካብ 2004 ኣ/ፈ ጀሚሩ ክሓትት ከምዝፀንሐ ይሕብር።

    ሪኢቶ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ንምርካብ ዝተገብረ ፃዕሪ ኣይሰለጠን።

  21. You wrote "...please atleast give the benefit of the doubt for both sides until the government settle everything down and give them a day at court for all of us to see what was in store for the nation at 1998-2001"
    We belived in him when the dictator told us the same thing in the beginning of 2000, we will provide all evidence soon. My brother we have been waiting for the last 15 years Issays to do so, but nothing. Do you really think those old G-15 people are still alive to get a day in a court?. Sometimes you blind supporters are unhuman. Think for one second if one of those G-15 people could have been your father or brother....

  22. Are you kidding me?. If it wasn't for them who spent most of their lives in the struggle to free Eritrea from occupation, you would still be called Ethiopian instead of Eritrean. You should be grateful for what they did.

  23. i was gonna respond to you but my brother/sister Gasha eloquently respond for you and your likes. it would been sooner than what it is if it wasn't for you and your likes to be part of the sunction and help the HR conspiracy to slow the progress in Eritrea. Eritrean government is going extra mile to do what they used to do with a little effort with a help of all Eritreans around the globe. You and your likes are responsible for all the time lost for our beloved contry not be where our far sighted government planned it to be by now. so all i can say is if you are true Eritrean, i hope you will wake up one day and see how bubble head you were. We blind supporters as you and yourlikes like to call us, we are blind for the love of Eritrea and we will not stop advocating against anything and everything which is planned to harm Eritrea.

  24. Fuck why release them dumb shitt they should be locked up in a good prison that looks like home for them

  25. Ermias, that is a fair question. My understanding is that they were in military court. In time I have learned things about this issue that convinced me the GOE was right, but I would have accepted a public trial. Hindsight is 20/20 unfortunately.

  26. And who told you I am not grateful? Who told you that?
    You are purposely taking my point about identity out of context. I repeat what I said, that my identity "belonged to me since the day I was born". Because to me identity is inborn, from the inside.

    You say: "... you would still be called Ethiopian instead of Eritrean".
    No, you are wrong about this. I was very young during the occupation but I don not remember coming across a single Eritrean calling themselves ethiopian. Why? Because our identity was Eritrean, regardless of what others may have called us. You cannot change this no matter how hard you try.

  27. if you read article, the Index is based on "Professor Hanke factors in the nations' inflation, lending rates, and unemployment figures together and then subtracts year-on-year per capita GDP growth to determine "misery."

    So the reason Eritrea is not listed is because you CAN´T find any data about inflation, lending rates or unemployment figures about Eritrea.

  28. They had the time, and they committed a crime and they pay the price.

  29. what evidence do you have to say the commited crime ?


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