Une dictature où l’information n’a aucun droit

The peace accord signed with neighbouring Ethiopia in 2018 has unfortunately not led to any relaxation in a dictatorship that leaves no room for freely reported news and information. Ever since the suppression of independent media and the accompanying wave of arrests of journalists in 2001, RSF has constantly called for the release of the detainees and for evidence that they are still alive. RSF believes that at least 11 journalists are still languishing in the regime’s prisons, without access to their families or to lawyers. Like everything else in Eritrea, the media are totally subject to the whim of President Issayas Afeworki, a press freedom predator guilty of “crimes against humanity,” according to a June 2016 UN report. “We won’t release him and there will be no trial,” he said in an interview in 2009 about Dawit Isaak, a journalist with Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality who has been held incommunicado in appalling conditions for the past 20 years. RSF regrets that the Swedish judicial system did not act on the criminal complaint filed in Stockholm in 2020 accusing the dictator and seven of his closest aides of crimes against humanity. The only grounds given by the Swedish authorities for taking no action was their assumption that the Eritrean authorities would not cooperate with any investigation. After two decades of paralysis, the sole ray of hope for those who want to be informed about the situation in Eritrea is Radio Erena, the only independent and politically non-partisan radio station providing Eritreans with freely reported news and information, although its signal is often jammed in Eritrea. Run by Eritrean exile journalists based in Paris, it celebrated its 10th birthday in 2019. It is even hard to access credible news online in Eritrea, where the Internet penetration rate is less than 2%, one of the lowest in Africa. Eritreans are closely watched and, in Internet cafés, must provide their ID details before being allowed to connect.

au Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse 2021



178 en 2020

Score global


83,50 en 2020

  • 0
    journalistes tués en 2021
  • 0
    journalistes citoyens tués en 2021
  • 0
    collaborateurs tués en 2021
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