The name Solomon Abera will forever be etched in the collective
memory of Eritrea's press corps. On September 18, 2001, as the world focused
its attention on the terrorist attacks on the United States, the government of
Eritrea borrowed Abera's voice to sound the death knell, on state-controlled
airwaves, of the Red Sea nation's independent press. Shortly after Abera read
the announcement, the government rounded up leading independent newspaper
editors and a dozen ruling-party dissidents calling for democratic reform --
all of whom have disappeared in custody.
years to the day after being handed one of the most chilling news items he
ever read on Dimtsi Hafash radio during his 14 years as a reporter,
presenter, producer, and commentator, Abera reflected on the experience on our blog.
Today, we learned that Solomon Abera, who lived in exile in
Germany after fleeing government censorship and intimidation in 2005, is no