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Eritrea: Fear for safety

, Index number: AFR 64/002/2002

The 10 journalistsYosef Mohamed Ali (m), chief editor, Tsigenay Amanuel Asrat (m), chief editor, Zemen Seyoum Tsehaye (m), freelance editor/photographer,former director of Eritrean state television Temesgen Gebreyesus (m), reporter, Keste Debena Mattewos Habteab (m), editor, Meqaleh Dawit Habtemichael (m), assistant chief editor, Meqaleh Medhanie Haile (m), assistant chief editor, Keste Debena Dawit Isaac (m), reporter, Setit (Swedish citizen), Fessahaye Yohannes (“Joshua”) (m), reporter, Setit Said Abdulkadir (m), chief editor, Admas have been detained incommunicado without charge or trial since 18 September 2001, when the independent newspapers they work for were shut down by the government. On 31 March 2002 they began a hunger strike, demanding a fair trial before an independent court. Three days later they were taken from the police station where they were held, and nine were moved to undisclosed places of detention, where they are at grave risk of ill-treatment.

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