ERITREA: Reporters 'may have died in detention'
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> Subject: ERITREA: Reporters 'may have died in detention'
> Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 05:17:26 -0700
> ERITREA: Reporters 'may have died in detention'
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> NAIROBI, 16 November (IRIN) - Three Eritrean reporters who have been in detention in
> a remote northeastern jail for five years are believed to have died in unclear
> circumstances, a global media freedom watchdog reported.
> Reporters Without Borders, which has written to the Eritrean government seeking an
> explanation, said on Tuesday that the three were being at a place called Eiraeiro.
> "Dozens of political prisoners have disappeared into jails run by the armed forces,"
> it added. "They include at least 13 journalists, of whom there has been no word for
> nearly five years."
> Eritrean officials, who declined to comment on the report, have in the past denied
> allegations that the country holds political dissidents.
> According to Reporters Without Boundaries, Eiraeiro, in the Sheib subzone of the
> Northern Red Sea administrative region, holds at least 62 political prisoners,
> including former ministers, senior officials, high-ranking military officers,
> government opponents and eight of the 13 journalists held since a round-up in
> September 2001. The journalists were captured by the police after the government
> decided to "suspend" all Eritrea's privately owned media.
> Nine of the detainees at Eiraeiro, the watchdog added, had died as a result of
> "various illnesses, psychological pressure or suicide". Detainees in the prison are
> chained by their hands, sleep on the ground without bed linen, have their heads
> shaved once a month and are let out of their cells for an hour a day without being
> allowed contact with other prisoners, Reporters Without Borders said.
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