Saidia Ahmed

Beats Covered:
Local or Foreign:

During a July 2002 fact-finding mission to the capital, Asmara, CPJ delegates confirmed that on or about February 15, Eritrean authorities arrested Said, a journalist for the state-run Eritrean State Television (ETV); Ahmed, a journalist with the Arabic-language service of ETV; and Aljezeeri, a journalist for Eritrean State Radio. All three remained in government custody at the end of 2004.

The reasons for their arrests are unclear, but CPJ sources in Eritrea believe that their continued detention is related to the government’s general crackdown on the press, which began in September 2001.