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Biniam Simon

Biniam Simon was a government TV presenter in Eritrea, a little-known corner of the Horn of Africa that may have become one of the world’s worst dictatorships under Issayas Afewerki. Around 10,000 political prisoners, including some 30 journalists, are held in terrible conditions and many have died in detention. Simon fled to France and, since 2009, has presented Radio Erena (Our Eritrea), a Paris-based radio station that broadcasts to Eritrea by satellite, shortwavesj and online (although less than 4 percent of the population has an Internet connection). Using a network of correspondents of unparalleled courage, he provides reliable and independently reported news, despite intermittent jamming. His listeners know that, by listening to the station, they risk ending up in the hell of Eritrea’s jails.