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Spotlight: Censorship

Eritrea: UN human rights review is opportunity for government to lift severe restrictions on free expression

As the human rights record of Eritrea comes under review for the second time under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the United Nations on 3 February 2014, PEN International calls on the Eritrean government to end violations of freedom of expression and the continuing practice of incommunicado detention without trial of writers and journalists.

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Eritrea: A story of censorship

In January 2002, Eritrean journalist Aaron Berhane ran to freedom across the Eritrean/Sudanese border, leaving what is now considered to be one of the most censored countries in the world. Berhane’s persecution was part of a broader trend. September 2001 marked a brutal crackdown on free expression in Eritrea.


Report: Freedom of information "disastrous" in Eritrea

Reporters Without Borders submitted its contribution on Eritrea to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report condemns the government’s total control of news and information since 2001.

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