In Eritrea, Jailed Journalists Continue to Languish

Yirgalem Fisseha will never forget the moment her world turned upside down. On Feb. 14, 2009, Yirgalem, a poet and journalist, was working her shift at Radio Bana, a station in Asmara, Eritrea. Suddenly, at 4 p.m., Yirgalem and her colleagues were ordered to an impromptu meeting. Government officials accused the station, which broadcast educational programs, of disloyalty. Uniformed soldiers surrounded the building and arrested about 30 journalists inside. Officials held Yirgalem at

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