Attacks on the Press in 2006 - Snapshots: Eritrea
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||February 2007|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2006 - Snapshots: Eritrea, February 2007, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c5674e19.html [accessed 10 March 2014]|
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CPJ named Eritrea one of the 10 Most Censored Countries in the world. It is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa without a single private media outlet, CPJ's survey found. The government's repressive policies have left the tiny Horn of Africa nation largely hidden from international scrutiny and with almost no local access to independent information. The handful of foreign correspondents in the capital, Asmara, are subject to intensive monitoring by authorities.
Authorities required all foreigners in June to obtain permits to travel within the country, in addition to the usual visas needed to enter the country, Agence France-Presse reported and several CPJ sources confirmed. The new restrictions were at least partly aimed at curtailing foreign journalists from reporting outside the capital, the sources said.
At least 23 Eritrean journalists were jailed or held against their will when CPJ conducted its annual census of imprisoned journalists on December 1. Fifteen had been held since a vicious 2001 crackdown shuttered the independent press. Another eight journalists, all working for state media, were detained in November.