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Truth about jailed journalists is locked away in Eritrea

In the reclusive Red Sea nation of Eritrea, the fate of 10 journalists who disappeared in secret prisons following a September 2001 government crackdown has been a virtual state secret—only occasionally pierced by shreds of often unverifiable, secondhand information smuggled out of the country by defectors or others fleeing into exile.

December 8, 2009 12:00 PM ET

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Blog   |   Eritrea

Press, politics at center of Eritrean mock trial

A 2001 edition of Meqaleh. (CPJ)Articles published in Eritrea's now-banned private newspapers are at the center of a mock political trial being filmed as an educational documentary this week at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Inside a courtroom on the sprawling Tempe, Ariz., campus, a judge of the High Court of Eritrea presides dispassionately, international observers lean into translation headphones, and defense lawyers challenge prosecutors to detail the vague antistate charges against 11 political dissidents. It's a trial that the real defendants were never afforded when they were jailed nearly eight years ago.
July 2, 2009 5:01 PM ET

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December 4, 2008 9:28 AM ET

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Letters   |   Eritrea

German media aid to Eritrea raises concerns

Dear Minister Wieczorek-Zeul: The Committee to Protect Journalists notes that the German government has decided to fund the training of journalists working for Eritrea's state-controlled media while the nation's independent press remains shut down and more than a dozen publishers and editors continue to be held incommunicado, many since September 2001.

Imprisoned

2006 prison census: 134 journalists jailed

ALGERIA: 2

Djamel Eddine Fahassi,
Alger Chaîne III
IMPRISONED: May 6, 1995

Fahassi, a reporter for the state-run radio station Alger Chaîne III and a contributor to several Algerian newspapers, including the now-banned weekly of the Islamic Salvation Front, Al-Forqane, was abducted near his home in the al-Harrache suburb of the capital, Algiers, by four well-dressed men carrying walkie-talkies. According to eyewitnesses who later spoke with his wife, the men called out Fahassi's name and then pushed him into a waiting car. He has not been seen since, and Algerian authorities have denied any knowledge of his arrest.

Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2006: Countries That Have Jailed Journalists

ALGERIA: 2

Djamel Eddine Fahassi,
Alger Chaîne III
IMPRISONED: May 6, 1995

Fahassi, a reporter for the state-run radio station Alger Chaîne III and a contributor to several Algerian newspapers, including the now-banned weekly of the Islamic Salvation Front, Al-Forqane, was abducted near his home in the al-Harrache suburb of the capital, Algiers, by four well-dressed men carrying walkie-talkies. According to eyewitnesses who later spoke with his wife, the men called out Fahassi's name and then pushed him into a waiting car. He has not been seen since, and Algerian authorities have denied any knowledge of his arrest.

Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2006: Countries That Have Jailed Journalists

ALGERIA: 2

Djamel Eddine Fahassi,
Alger Chaîne III
IMPRISONED: May 6, 1995

Fahassi, a reporter for the state-run radio station Alger Chaîne III and a contributor to several Algerian newspapers, including the now-banned weekly of the Islamic Salvation Front, Al-Forqane, was abducted near his home in the al-Harrache suburb of the capital, Algiers, by four well-dressed men carrying walkie-talkies. According to eyewitnesses who later spoke with his wife, the men called out Fahassi's name and then pushed him into a waiting car. He has not been seen since, and Algerian authorities have denied any knowledge of his arrest.

Imprisoned

2005 prison census: 125 journalists jailed


AFGHANISTAN: 1

Ali Mohaqqiq Nasab, Haqooq-i-Zan (Women's Rights)
Imprisoned: October 1, 2005

The attorney general ordered editor Nasab's arrest on blasphemy charges after the religious adviser to President Hamid Karzai, Mohaiuddin Baluch, filed a complaint about his magazine. "I took the two magazines and spoke to the Supreme Court chief, who wrote to the attorney general to investigate," Baluch told The Associated Press.

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