Voice of America correspondent arrested

first_img Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest and conscription into the Eritrean army of the local correspondent of the radio station Voice of America (VOA) and called for the immediate release of him and 18 other jailed media workers in the country, which it said was “Africa’s biggest prison for journalists.”The journalist, Akhilu Solomon, 32, was arrested at his home on 8 July and taken to an army camp to do his compulsory military service. However, VOA said he had already done part of it and been exempted from the rest on medical grounds.”After persecuting the local media, the government is now going after those working for foreign media,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The latest arrest means 19 journalists are now in prison, making Eritrea by far the most repressive country in Africa in this respect.”The government shut down all privately-owned newspapers in September 2001 and arrested several journalists, leaving only the official press operating. Three foreign media – the BBC, Agence France-Presse and Deutsche Welle – have stringers in the country. The US embassy in Asmara said it had contacted the government about Solomon’s arrest.All Eritreans over 18 have been obliged since 1994 to do 18 months military service, including six months training at a military camp in the western town of Sawa. January 13, 2021 Find out more The correspondent in Eritrea of the radio station Voice of America has been arrested and sent to a camp to do military service despite being earlier exempted. Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release, noting that Eritrea is Africa’s biggest prison for journalists. October 27, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? RSF_en Reports July 15, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Voice of America correspondent arrested News News Help by sharing this information April 14, 2021 Find out more RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision EritreaAfrica Follow the news on Eritrea News EritreaAfrica Organisation last_img

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