News Follow the news on Eritrea Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case RSF_en RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision At the same time eight journalists were arrested and detained at the N° 1 Police Station in Asmara. They are: Yusuf Mohamed Ali, editor in chief of Tsigenay, already detained during several weeks in October 2000, Mattewos Habteab, editor in chief of Meqaleh, previously arrested several times these last months, Dawit Isaac and Tsehaye Yohannes, journalists for Setit, Medhanie Haile, editor in chief of Keste Debena, and Temesgen Gebreyesus, member of the board of directors, Emanuel Asrat from Zemen, and an independent photographer Seyoum Fsehaye. RSF General Secretary Robert Ménard said: “Parliamentarians today have an opportunity to show goodwill and a commitment to press freedom. They must take a firm approach firm vis-à-vis the executive and call for their release.” “We remind them that Eritrea has become the only country in the whole African continent without a single independent publication,” he added. News News January 31, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF calls on Parliament to ask for the release of imprisoned journalists EritreaAfrica Reports Organisation January 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? October 27, 2020 Find out more April 14, 2021 Find out more Reporters Sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders – RSF), a Paris-based press freedom watchdog has called on members of the Eritrean parliament to ask for the immediate release of all journalists languishing in jail in Eritrea. There is still no news of the six following other journalists: Zemenfes Haile, former director of publication and founder of the Tsigenay newspaper Selamyinghes Beyene, reporter for Meqaleh, Simret Seyoum, general manager of Setit and Aaron Berhane, editor in chief, Said Abdulkader, editor in chief of Admas and Ghebrehiwet Keleta, journalist of Tsigenay. They are believed to have either been thrown in prison or to have clandestinely taken refuge elsewhere to escape arrest. Receive email alerts to go further On 29 January 2002, Eritrea’s National Assembly opened its first session since 2000. Parliamentarians are set to tackle the issue of jailed political dissidents as well as the situation of the independent press in the country. RSF recalled that on 18 September 2001, independent newspapers announced that they were publishing their final issue until further notice, on the order of the government. The head of national television then went on the air to explain that “independent media have had time to correct their mistakes. They have been jeopardising national unity.” Since this day no independent newspaper came out. EritreaAfrica
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 37-year-old Levittown man was killed Monday morning on the Long Island Expressway, Nassau County police said.Oscar Reyes-Contereras lost control of his 2007 Ford Mustang near exit 45 in Plainvew at 7:45 a.m. His car caromed off a guardrail and was struck by a tractor trailer, police said.Reyes-Contereras was pronounced dead at a local hospital about an hour after the crash, police said.Police did not say if the 45-year-old driver of the tractor trailer suffered any injuries. The transport truck passed a brake-and-safety inspection at the scene, police said.There is no criminality suspected at this time, according to police.
SIR Ian Botham chose cricket over football and leave over remain.While the 64-year-old briefly swapped pads for boots during a stellar sporting career, his support of Brexit has been unwavering.He played the question of Britain’s departure from the European Union with a straight bat, saying “enough’s enough”.That resolute backing has led to a peerage from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whom he appeared alongside at a County Durham event in the lead-up to the 2016 referendum.“I have been lucky enough to grow up in a wonderful country, a country that has always been able to look after itself,” he said.A member of England’s Greatest Test XI, ‘Beefy’ represented that country with distinction on the cricket field.He made his name as an all-rounder and, across 102 England Tests between 1977 and 1992, took 383 wickets, scoring 5 200 runs.After breaking into the Test side aged 21, Botham wasted little time in establishing his star quality.He recorded five wickets for 74 on debut at Trent Bridge to help England go 2-0 up in the 1977 Ashes Series, before returning even better figures of five for 21 as his side regained the urn in the next Test at Headingley.But it was the following summer that Botham set new heights which have not been matched to this day.In the second Test against Pakistan at Lord’s, he began by scoring his third England century, a first-innings knock of 108, before ripping through the tourists’ line-up in the second innings, taking eight wickets for just 34 runs while bowling eight maidens in 20.5 overs.Botham was also a talented footballer but, believing he was better at cricket, opted for the sport he is best known for as his full-time career.Even so, he still turned out as a defender for Yeovil and Scunthorpe in the Football League between 1978 and 1985. In December 2017, he was named the Irons’ club president.He was knighted in 2007 in recognition of his services to charity and cricket, having completed several charity walks between Land’s End and John O’Groats for leukaemia research.On the political front, he felt domestic power had been “eroded by Brussels”, adding that if the EU were to invite the UK to join afresh, we would “give it a very wide berth”.A man of many talents, elevation from Lord’s to the Lords adds another string to his bow. (PA Staff)