Dawit Isaac

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A ‘freed' journalist is sent back to jail

December 5, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 5, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by news that Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaac was returned to jail just two days after being released in mid-November. Isaac is one of 15 Eritrean journalists who have...

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Journalist freed without charge after four years in jail

November 21, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2005— The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaac, who had been jailed without charge since a government crackdown closed the entire independent press in September 2001. Isaac has dual Eritrean...

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CPJ demands government account for "disappeared" journalists

September 19, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 16, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists demanded today that Eritrea, the worst jailer of journalists in Africa, account for 15 journalists who have been held, some in secret prisons, since the government crushed private media and independent...

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15 Journalists imprisoned in Eritrea

September 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

15 Journalists imprisoned in Eritrea Zemenfes Haile, Tsigenay Imprisoned: January 1999 Sometime in early 1999, Haile, founder and manager of the private weekly Tsigenay, was detained by Eritrean authorities and sent to Zara Labor Camp in the country's lowland...

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2004 prison census: 122 journalists jailed

December 31, 2004 4:26 PM ET

Around the world, 122 journalists were in prison at the end of 2004 for practicing their profession, 16 fewer than the year before. International advocacy campaigns, including those waged by the Committee to Protect Journalists, helped win the early release...

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Journalists in prison, 2004

December 31, 2004 12:00 AM ET

Around the world, 122 journalists were in prison at the end of 2004 for practicing their profession, 16 fewer than the year before. International advocacy campaigns, including those waged by the Committee to Protect Journalists, helped win the early release...

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Joint letter to the president of Eritrea

September 17, 2004 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: We are writing to express alarm over the deteriorating human rights situation and growing repression of freedom of expression in Eritrea. In particular, we are concerned about the ban that your government has imposed on all independent non-governmental press since September 2001, when an unknown number of critics of your government were detained. Those detained include more than a dozen journalists who have been incarcerated for over three years without being formally charged.

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2003 prison census: 138 journalists jailed

March 11, 2004 12:47 PM ET

There were 138 journalists in prison around the world at the end of 2003 who were jailed for practicing their profession. The number is the same as last year. An analysis of the reasons behind this is contained in the...

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Attacks on the Press in 2003: Journalists in Prison

March 11, 2004 12:00 PM ET

There were 138 journalists in prison around the world at the end of 2003 who were jailed for practicing their profession. The number is the same as last year. An analysis of the reasons behind this is contained in the...

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Attacks on the Press 2002: Eritrea

March 31, 2003 12:07 PM ET

Eritrea was Africa's foremost jailer of journalists in 2002. The crackdown began in the summer of 2001 after a dozen senior officials and other members of the ruling elite signed public letters criticizing President Isaias Afewerki's dictatorial rule. The letters,...

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