Three public media journalists arrested in November are freed but kept under surveillance

first_img October 27, 2020 Find out more February 21, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three public media journalists arrested in November are freed but kept under surveillance EritreaAfrica Organisation RSF_en News EritreaAfrica Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News January 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision April 14, 2021 Find out more Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case Follow the news on Eritrea Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? Reports Reporters Without Borders has learned that three Eritrean state media journalists were recently released after being held for several weeks at police station No. 5 in the capital, Asmara, but a fourth is still being held.Those freed were Temesghen Abay of Radio Dimtsi Hafash’s Tigrinya-language service, Getachew Asfaha of Eri-TV’s Amharic-language service and Asmerom Berhe of Eri-TV’s Tigrinya-language service. Getachew Asfaha was freed on 16 February. The exact date of the release of Temesghen Abay and Asmerom Berhe is not known.They were detained in the course of a wave of arrests of public media journalists launched on 12 November following the defection of several prominent journalists, which had particularly irked the government. They appear to have been suspected of staying in contact with the defectors or of planning to flee the country themselvesIn all, nine state media journalists have been arrested and then released on bail, one after another. Since their release, they have been followed, their phones have been tapped, they have been forced to go back to work and they have been expressly forbidden to leave Asmara.———–26.01.2007 – On eve of African Union summit, UN secretary-general urged to intercede on behalf of press freedom in EritreaOn the eve of the African Union summit on 29-30 January in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Reporters Without Borders today urged the new United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon, to make an official protest to the Eritrean government about the arbitrary imprisonment of journalists and the total absence of press freedom in Eritrea since 2001.“As Ban said he is making the defence of human rights and Africa one of his priorities, we call on him not to remain indifferent to the hell that most Eritrean journalists have to live every day,” the press freedom organisation said. “It would be incomprehensible if, on the eve of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, he did not publicly condemn the unacceptable behaviour of President Isaias Afeworki and his government towards the press.”According to information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, at least three state media journalists are currently detained in Asmara, while another 13 journalists have been held incommunicado since 2001. At least three of the latter may have died in the course of the past two years at a detention centre in the northeastern locality of Eiraeiro.Temesghen Abay of Radio Dimtsi Hafash’s Tigrinya-language service, Getachew Asfaha of Eri-TV’s Amharic-language service and Asmerom Berhe of Eri-TV’s Tigrinya-language service are currently held at No. 5 police station in the capital, Asmara. Abay is one of the state media journalists who was picked up in a wave of arrested that began on 12 November 2006. Asfaha was arrested in early December. Berhe was arrested during the week of 18-22 December. The reasons for these arrests are not known.Paulos Netabay, the editor of the governmental daily Haddas Eritrea, was also arrested in late November. The information obtained by Reporters Without Borders about his current situation is contradictory. He interviewed President Isaias on Eri-TV on 1 January but it is possible that he is still being kept in detention and is being forced to go to work.All of the other journalists arrested in November – presenter Senait Tesfay of Eri-TV’s Tigrinya-language service, Paulos Kidane of Eri-TV’s Amharic-language service and Radio Dimtsi Hafash, Daniel Mussie of Radio Dimtsi Hafash’s Oromo-language service, Yemane Haile of the Eritrean News Agency (ENA), presenter Fathia Khaled of Eri-TV’s Arabic-language service and Amir Ibrahim of Eri-TV’s Arabic-language service – were released on bail after being held for several weeks.They were initially held at the “Agip,” a police detention centre located opposite the presidential palace. Subsequently, they were taken to the underground prison at the No. 5 police station, where they were beaten until they gave the passwords to their e-mail accounts. Since their release, they have been followed, their phones have been tapped, they have been forced to go back to work and they have been expressly forbidden to leave Asmara.One of the journalists arrested in November, Ahmed “Bahja” Idris of Eri-TV’s Arabic-language service, was released and then re-arrested at the Sudanese border when he tried to leave the country at the end of December. He was initially held at an unknown location, and Reporters Without Borders feared for his safety as the Eritrean authorities are known for brutally mistreating people who try to flee the country. It seems, however, that he has since been released again.Several sources told Reporters Without Borders that all these arrests could have been prompted by the recent defection of several prominent state media journalists, which particularly irked the government. They were probably arrested on suspicion of staying in contact with the defectors or planning to flee the country themselves, the sources said. to go furtherlast_img read more

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Cambiasso announces Foxes exit

first_img Press Association New Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri had held talks with the 34-year-old, urging him to make his mind up as the club needed to know if he was staying on after his deal expired last month. In a statement on his Facebook page, the player said: ” I would like to announce that I have decided not to renew my contract with Leicester City. Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has announced he will not renew his contract with Leicester. “I have taken this decision only 24 hours after receiving the proposal from Leicester because I want to give the club as much time as possible to find an alternative.” Cambiasso’s decision will come as a blow to Ranieri, who said on Monday – at his first press conference since replacing the axed Nigel Pearson – that keeping the former Argentina international was a priority. ”I’ve had a conversation with him. I have spoken to him, I know him from Inter Milan, I coached him there. I said to him ‘I need you, everybody loves you in Leicester, please come back’,” the Italian had said. ”He told me he wants to wait and look at all the opportunities offered to him and then he will choose. But we need ‘Yes or no’ because at the start of the season he is a team leader and if he doesn’t come I need another team leader. We don’t start the season without a player like him.” Cambiasso proved a key figure last season as Leicester won seven and drew one of their final 10 games to retain their Barclays Premier League status. The player’s statement continued: “I would like to thank all the fans who last season made me feel proud to be part of a club with an unforgettable spirit and energy. “And a very special thanks to all my team-mates, staff and every people of the club, with whom I have lived one of the most important years of my career, crowned with the remaining EPL status. “Many thanks to everyone, keeping you all forever in my heart. Leicester City Football Club.” Leicester thanked Cambiasso for his service and wished him well for the future. The club said in a statement: “Leicester City Football Club would like to express its sincerest thanks to Esteban for his exceptional contribution during the 2014/15 season, which saw the Argentine midfielder play a central role in the Club’s successful fight to remain in the Barclays Premier League. “Our efforts to retain his services began before the end of last season and the Club appreciates the professional manner in which Esteban and his representatives have conducted themselves during negotiations since that time. “We fully respect Esteban’s wishes and wish him well in his future career.” last_img read more

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WLAX : SU looks to continue perfect Big East start with trip to face upstart Georgetown

first_img Published on April 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Heading into the Big East season, the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team sat at just 2-5. Granted, it had faced a daunting schedule. But it looked far from a team that came into its season with legitimate final four aspirations.Fast forward four games later, and the team has completed a near-180 degree turn. Three games into the Big East season, the Orange sits at a perfect 3-0 in conference.‘Once we got into Big East we finally started to click,’ SU senior Catherine Rodriguez said. ‘Everything’s coming together.’Whether it was a matter of not jelling as a team or the schedule — according to LaxPower, Syracuse has played the toughest schedule — the team got off to a slow start. Six of the SU’s first nine games came against ranked opponents, and of those six games, five were on the road. All were losses.But in the Big East, the team has a flawless record. It has won two straight games to bring its overall record back up to 5-6. And as it travels to face Georgetown (6-5, 4-0 Big East) on Saturday, it will look to continue that perfect start against its toughest conference foe.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSenior goaltender Liz Hogan has seen turnarounds like this one before.‘Usually right around the Big East season,’ Hogan said of when the team starts to pick up the wins. ‘A game before, a game into. It’s usually when we have a turning point.’This year, the wins in Big East play haven’t been easy. But they haven’t been close, either. SU beat Rutgers by four, crushed Connecticut 17-9 and beat Notre Dame by five.The conference has been a little weaker than in years past, Rodriguez said. But by no means does that mean the team is taking its weekend opponent lightly. The Hoyas, like Syracuse, got off to a slow start. But like the Orange, they are also undefeated in Big East play.‘I’m expecting a very good Georgetown that’s worked out some issues and some problems,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘They played a very tough schedule as well, and it’s going to be a battle. We’re going to have to play a great game to beat them.’If SU wins, its defense may be a main reason. After giving up scores of 21 and 16 (twice), SU has held its last two opponents to a combined total of 16 goals. The Orange’s offense has come out of its shell, but it’s been the defense that has kept it in games.Hogan said part of the slow start was because of all of the new players on defense at the beginning of the season. The communication is there now, she said, and with that comes tangible improvement.‘It’s taken a long time,’ Gait said. ‘Everything we’ve been working on is starting to come into play. It just comes from feeling more comfortable and really getting to know each other a little bit better.’If the Orange can keep up the pace in conference play, it can aim for the top seed in the Big East tournament. The winner of that gets the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.So even though SU got off to a slow start, it doesn’t have to hurt the team in the long run.‘If we can stay strong in the Big East then that can be our way into the tournament,’ Rodriguez said.That’s the plan right now. The tough schedule got the team to where it is regardless of record, and now its perfect conference record is on the line.Winning the Big East is important for the team, Hogan said. But at this point in the season, it just wants to win. Period.‘It’s certainly a motivating factor to do well,’ Hogan said. ‘(But) really that’s crunch time for us.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Angels Offseason Options: RHP Nathan Eovaldi

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Why he makes sense: Eppler likes pitchers who throw hard, and Eovaldi averaged 97.5 mph with his fastball this year. He even hit 100 mph in his first playoff start. This season Eovaldi struck out 101 and walked just 20, numbers that suggest he could have performed even better. Eovaldi was acquired by the Yankees in December 2014, when Eppler was the assistant general manager in New York. The Angels need healthy pitchers, and Eovaldi is just back from Tommy John surgery, so his ulnar collateral ligament is relatively fresh. This was his first season after surgery, so it’s logical to assume he’ll be even better next year. If the market values him for his career 4.16 ERA, rather than what he did this year, he could prove to be a bargain. Maybe three years, $33 million?Why he doesn’t: Eovaldi is still a gamble. He’s coming off his best season, and it was still only two-thirds of a season. If he’s expecting to cash in on this year’s success, without regard to the track record prior to this year, he could be looking for more money or years than the Angels are willing to spend for a pitcher of his caliber.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield (This is the latest in a series of quick profiles on players who fit for the Angels to add over the winter. They are purely “informed speculation,” based on what we know about the Angels’ roster needs along with General Manager Billy Eppler’s preferences and history. We’ll have a new one every weekday, until the GM Meetings, which are the unofficial start of the hot stove season.)NATHAN EOVALDI, RHP, Boston Red SoxThe basics: Eovaldi missed a season and a half recovering from Tommy John surgery. He came back in May with the Tampa Bay Rays, who traded him to the Boston Red Sox. Next year will be his age 29 season.2018 season: He posted a 3.81 ERA over 111 and 21 starts between the two teams, with 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings. In his first playoff start, he gave up one run in seven innings against the New York Yankees.Contact status: Free agentcenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

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