RSF denounces suspension of private newspapers

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The international organisation for the defence of press freedom, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Thursday protested against the suspension of eight private newspapers in Eritrea.
In a letter addressed to the President of Eritrea, RSF called on Issaias Afeworki to revoke the decision.
"The decision to close all private newspapers is not only unacceptable, but also jeopardises the institution of real democracy in Eritrea," the RSF wrote.
The suspension of the papers coincided with the arrest in Asmara of seven former ministers and generals of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Eritrea, considered critical of President Issaias Afeworki.
They were among a group of 15 personalities who, in May, publicly called for "greater democracy" in the country, accusing the President of acting in an "unconstitutional" manner.
RSF also recalled that in the past few months, several journalists have been briefly called in for questioning by the security forces.

20 september 2001 20:56:00




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