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Eritrea: Writers and poets unexpectedly released from prison

26 January 2015

Six writers have been released after six years’ arbitrary detention, reported PEN International, a global organisation of writers which campaigns for freedom of expression and an end to persecution of their fellow writers. Four of the six released writers – Negusse, Misghina, Teferi and Fisseha – had been adopted as …

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CPJ: Eritrea, North Korea and Syria among 10 most censored countries

2 May 2012

Eritrea has emerged as the world’s most censored country, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its analysis of press restrictions around the globe. Following closely on CPJ’s 10 Most Censored Countries list are North Korea, Syria, and Iran — three nations where vast restrictions on information have enormous …

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Eritrea: Gospel singer released in wheelchair

8 November 2006

After two and a half year of imprisonment in Mai Serwa army camp, gospel singer Helen Berhane who belonged to a banned evangelical church in Eritrea was released in late October, according to a statement issued by Amnesty International Helen Berhane had just put out a new album when she …

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Eritrea: Two music shops shut down, singer imprisoned

19 January 2006

In December 2005, Eritrean police raided two music shops in Asmara, jailed all people present, and shut down the stores, according to Christian sources. Popular Evangelical Christian singer Helen Berhane has been jailed without trial since May 2004 The Rema music shop in the capital of Asmara was the city’s …

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Eritrea bans Ethiopian songs

21 January 2003

Bar and music shops owners have been told not to play Amharic music in public Story from BBC         ABSTRACT The people of Afghanistan under Taliban rule are subjected to an extreme form of music censorship. The only musical activity permitted is the singing of certain types …

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