Event Date and time: Wednesday 8 February 2017 |  7:00 PM – 09:00PM

Venue details: The Frontline Club | 13 Norfolk Pl, London W2 1QJ

Organisers: The Frontline Club 

Event website: Eritrea’s Forgotten Journalists

Event cost: Standard – £12.50 Concession – £10.00

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists Eritrea has the most censored press in the world. Since the government banned private press in 2001, many journalist have been abducted or imprisoned without trial, including those who had reported on divisions within the ruling party.

Over the years, officials have offered inconsistent explanations for the arrests – accusing the journalists of involvement in anti-state conspiracies or skirting military service. Meanwhile, information smuggled out of the country by Eritreans fleeing into exile piece together an alarming picture of the dangers faced by journalists who report stories that fall outside official state communications.According to the Committee to Protect Journalists Eritrea has the most censored press in the world. Since the government banned private press in 2001, many journalist have been abducted or imprisoned without trial, including those who had reported on divisions within the ruling party.

Has Eritrea become Africa’s North Korea?  With only state communication remaining, contacting the outside world has become nearly impossible. What was once a relatively unknown and underreported country is now at the forefront of the EU’s mind, as Eritreans make up a significant number of those entering Europe on dangerous crossings. Who are Eritrea’s forgotten journalists, and how did this extreme stifling of press freedoms come to be?

Eyob Teklay Ghilazghy is an Eritrean author, academic and advocate for human rights. He holds an MSc. in Sustainable Development from SOAS, University of London.  Eyob fled persecution in Eritrea and lives in exile in Uganda. In 2013, Eyob co-founded Africa Monitors, a human rights organisation based in Uganda. Eyob also co-founded and is secretary of PEN Eritrea in exile. During the period of October 2016 to April 2017, Eyob is a resident writer with English PEN, based in London, during which time he is working on a report on the situation of freedom of expression in Eritrea.

 

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