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Nokia entlässt tausende Menschen und Millionen finden das nicht gut. Auf Angelas Blog gibt es den Link zum absterbenden Nokia Klingelton, den man jetzt immer häufiger hört.

Amnesty International über Eritrea

Journalists in prison

http://www.meltingpot.org/IMG/pdf/AFR6400304.pdf

The President also accused the ten journalists detained a few days after the G15 arrests in September 2001 of being “spies and mercenaries” who had supposedly clandestinely supported the G15 “traitors” on behalf of Ethiopia. They include Fessahaye Yohannes (also known as “Joshua”), an EPLF veteran, poet and dramatist, and founder of Setitnewspaper; Dawit Habtemichael, a science teacher and co-founder of Meqaleh (“Echo”) newspaper; Seyoum Tsehaye, former director of Eritrean state television, a former French-language teacher and photographer; Temesgen Gebreyesus, a sports reporter and actor; and Dawit Isaak, a writer and theatre producer, co-owner of Setitnewspaper(5). Dawit Isaak is a Swedish citizen but has been denied access to the Swedish embassy. He had been in hospital when the others, on hunger strike at the time, were moved to secret detention. The journalists are reported to be held in secret security sections of the 2nd and 6th police stations in Asmara.

Amnesty International considers these ten journalists to be prisoners of conscience imprisoned for their non-violent opinions and for exercising their legitimate rights and professional responsibilities as journalists. They published articles about the democratic reform movement, including interviews with critics who were subsequently detained, and their own opinions advocating peaceful change. None of them has been taken to a court, allowed access or contact to their families or legal counsel, charged or tried. The entire private press was suspended at the same time and there has been no word of the supposed review of the ban by a committee (which has never been formed) of the National Assembly – which has not met since early 2002. International media associations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters sans Frontières, the International Federation of Journalists, International Press Institute, Article 19 and International PEN, are also campaigning for their release but have received no positive response from the Eritrean government.

Four more journalists have been detained since September 2001. There may be other journalists forcibly doing extended military service because of their criticisms of the government, since there had already been a pattern of arrests of critical journalists since the end of the war. After the 2001 round-up when the authorities detained the leading independent journalists and founders of the private print media, they turned later to arrest also members of the state radio and television media who appeared to have transgressed their own narrow limits of independent reporting. Government-employed journalists who had never been allowed to print any direct critical articles were now targeted for any suspicion of criticism. Three members of the Arabic-language service were detained in February 2002 when the issue of the subordinate status of the Arabic language in Eritrea was raised – Saadia Ahmed, a 22-year-old woman television reporter, Saleh al-Jezaeri, a radio and newspaper reporter, and Hamid Mohamed Saleh, a television news and sports editor. They are detained without charge or trial, incommunicado and in secret, and the government has given no reasons for their arrests.

Aklilu Solomon, a correspondent of the US-based Voice of America radio station, was arrested in July 2003, forcibly re-conscripted, and is reportedly detained in military custody(6).

Only one of these detained journalists has been released – Semret Seyoum, who was arrested for trying to flee the country in October 2001, and released in January 2003.

In all, a total of 14 journalists are currently detained in Eritrea – one of the largest number in any country of the world and possibly the largest in relation to the country’s population. In addition, over 50 other Eritrean journalists – including virtually all who had been working for the private press – have fled to various countries in the world and sought asylum. International media associations have recognized the plight of Eritrean journalists – a challenging new profession in this small and closed country – with awards for their human rights defence activities.(7)

[mehr über Seyoum]

Seyoum ist Journalist des Jahres

Das ist hoffentlich ein Lebenszeichen:

Reporter ohne Grenzen

Seyoum Tsehaye begann seine journalistische Karriere in den Bergen Eritreas gemeinsam mit den Separatisten der Guerilla-Bewegung, der “Eritreischen Volksbefreiungsfront”. Der heute 54-Jährige war Kämpfer, Fotograf und Filmemacher und dokumentierte während der Jahre des Konflikts mit Äthiopien (1961 – 1991) den Kampf des “kleinen Mannes” gegen den äthiopischen Diktator Mengistu. Nach der Unabhängigkeit Eritreas (1991) wurde er zum Leiter des staatlichen Rundfunks berufen – kein Grund für ihn, sein kritisches Denken aufzugeben. Bekannt für seine offene, direkte Art und seinen starken Charakter, gaben ihm seine Freunde den Spitznamen “Robbespierre”.

Doch seine demokratischen Ansprüche und sein Status als Veteran ließen ihn zunehmend in Konflikt geraten mit der Regierung unter Issaias Afeworki, seinem ehemaligen Waffenbruder, der sich auf dem Weg zum Diktator befand.

So kündigte Tsehaye seinen Posten beim staatlichen Rundfunk und kehrte zu seiner Leidenschaft, der Fotografie, zurück. Er begann für eine mutige private Presse zu arbeiten, die sich nach dem zweiten Krieg mit Äthiopien (1998-2000) für Demokratie einsetzte. Tsehaye publizierte Essays und stand zu seiner Unabhängigkeit. “Er ist ein Demokrat umringt von Wölfen”, sagte einer seiner Freunde.
Als Issaias Afeworki am 18. September 2001 alle privaten Medien im Land schließen und in den Tagen darauf Hunderte Oppositionelle sowie unabhängige Journalisten festnehmen ließ, ist auch Seyoum Tsehaye darunter: Am 21. September 2001 wird er auf offener Straße verhaftet. Wo er gefangen gehalten wird, ist nicht bekannt. Weder seine Familie noch Rechtsanwälte durften ihn bislang besuchen. Eine Anklage oder ein Verfahren gegen ihn gibt es bisher nicht.

Reporter ohne Grenzen

Eritrean journalist Seyoum Tsehaye has been chosen as “Journalist of the Year 2007” by Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France. Beyond the case of this brave journalist held in Eritrea’s appalling jails since September 2001, the Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France panel of judges sought to highlight the catastrophic state of press freedom in this small Horn of Africa country. At least four journalists have died in prison in Eritrea over the last few years. The blame lies chiefly at the door of Issaias Afeworki, the highly authoritarian and obdurate president of the country since its independence in 1993.

[mehr über Seyoum]

Eritrea: 10 Journalisten noch in Haft

After staging a hunger strike in protest, 10 imprisoned journalists were transferred to other detention centres in April 2002, but it is not known where. According to Eritreans who have gone into exile after being imprisoned, they are bring held in metal containers inside military camps. There has been no word of their fate for the past four years.
The ten journalists held since September 2001 are Yusuf Mohamed Ali, the editor of Tsigenay; Mattewos Habteab, the editor of Meqaleh, and his deputy, Dawit Habtemichael; Medhanie Haile, the deputy editor of Keste Debena, and Temesgen Gebreyesus, a member of Keste Debena’s board; Emanuel Asrat, the editor of de Zemen; Dawit Isaac, who holds dual Eritrean and Swedish citizenship; poet and playwright Fessehaye Yohannes of Setit; Said Abdulkader, the editor of Admas; and freelance photographer Seyoum Tsehaye. [mehr über Seyoum]

Three journalists working for the state-owned broadcast media were arrested in January and February 2002. They are Hamid Mohamed Said and Saidia Ahmed of Eri-TV and Saleh Al Jezaeeri of the Voice of the Broad Masses radio station.

Reporter ohne Grenzen

Panties for Piece

Mit ihrer Unterwäsche protestieren Frauen in aller Welt gegen das gewaltsame Vorgehen der birmanischen Militärregierung gegen die Demokratiebewegung und machen sich dabei einen Aberglauben zu Nutze: Sie schicken ihre Schlüpfer an birmanische Botschaften, wie eine Aktivistin am Freitag mitteilte. Die Generäle der Junta seien nämlich der Meinung, dass der Kontakt mit Dessous ihnen ihre Macht nehme.

An der Aktion “Panties for Peace” (Schlüpfer für Frieden) der Gruppe Lanna Action for Burma hätten sich seit Anfang der Woche bereits Frauen in Thailand, Australien, Singapur, Großbritannien und weiteren europäischen Ländern beteiligt, erklärte die Aktivistin Liz Hilton weiter. “Ihr könnt eure Schlüpfer an die nächste birmanische Botschaft schicken, selbst übergeben oder auf das Gelände schleudern”, heißt es auf der Website der Gruppe.
“Schickt sie bald, schickt häufig!”