Security agents arrested Ghebrehiwet Keleta, a reporter for the privately owned weekly Tsigenay, while he was on his way to work. He has not been heard from since his arrest. Sources told CPJ at the time that Ghebrehiwet was being held in connection with the government's overall crackdown on the press.
CPJ listed Ghebrehiwet on its annual prison list until 2010, when exiled journalists told the organization that Ghebrehiwet may have been released. But in 2013, one of Ghebrehiwet's children, who had fled Eritrea, said Ghebrehiwet was still in custody, according to another exiled journalist who spoke to CPJ.
A relative of the journalist told CPJ in 2014 that Ghebrehiwet was still in prison.
Eritrea’s government has not provided substantive information on Gebrehiwet’s health and location. When CPJ contacted the Eritrean ministry of information in late 2018 to inquire about the well-being of the country’s imprisoned journalists, Paulos Netabay, director of the state-owned Eritrean News Agency, responded on behalf of the ministry but did not address Ghebrehiwet’s case.