Dawit Isaac

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Eritrean official says jailed journalists were security threat

August 6, 2010 12:31 PM ET

Since a week after September 11, 2001, when the government of Eritrea threw into secret prisons journalists from its once-vibrant private press, the only certainty it has offered about the fate of the prisoners has been ambiguity. Over the years, officials...

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For Eritrean expatriate press, intimidation in exile

June 17, 2010 5:40 PM ET

For the better part of the last 20 years, Tedros Menghistu has been a refugee, forced to flee his Red Sea homeland of Eritrea not once, but twice—first as a young man displaced by war in the early 1990s, and then...

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Reluctant activist: A brother’s struggle to free Dawit Isaac

May 25, 2010 2:12 PM ET

In 2001, Eritrean security forces imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist Dawit Isaac along with nine other journalists without trial in September 2001. The arrests effectively shut down the nation’s fledgling independent press and any potential political dissent prior to scheduled December...

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Dawit Isaac: Jailed 3,127 days in Eritrea without trial

April 16, 2010 2:49 PM ET

Journalist Dawit Isaac has spent 3,127 days in government custody in his native Eritrea, according to the ticker on FreeDawit, a Web site based in Sweden, Isaac’s adopted country, where he is a citizen. He has never been publicly...

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Truth about jailed journalists is locked away in Eritrea

April 9, 2010 4:43 PM ET

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...

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Press, politics at center of Eritrean mock trial

July 2, 2009 5:01 PM ET

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,...

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Long held in secret Eritrean jail, Isaac reported in hospital

February 5, 2009 12:52 PM ET

New York, February 5, 2009--Eritrean authorities must disclose the medical condition and care being provided to jailed journalist Dawit Isaac, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today following unofficial reports saying that he was hospitalized. CPJ points out that the...

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