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Posted by: | Posted on: June 12, 2021

Nine journalists now held in secret

first_img News January 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Eritrea April 14, 2021 Find out more EritreaAfrica RSF calls on the authorities to release the ten Eritrean journalists who began a hunger strike on 31 March. Nine of them have been transferred to a secret place of detention. Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case April 4, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Nine journalists now held in secret RSF_en UpdateNine jailed Eritrean journalists on hunger strike were transferred to a secret place of detention on 3 April. Police in Asmara told their families that the nine were no longer in their cells. They were reportedly taken by soldiers and presidential officials to a new place. A 10th imprisoned journalist on hunger strike, Dawit Isaac, is said be in the Halibet hospital as a result of being tortured in jail.______________________________________________________________04.04.2002 – Ten journalists on hunger strike Reporters Without Borders (RSF) expressed great concern today about the start of a hunger strike by 10 journalists jailed in Eritrea and called on the government to free them at once.”They are being held in very bad conditions and we are worried about their health,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard. “All they have done is express their opinions and nothing justifies their lengthy imprisonment. As far as we know, they have not been formally charged with anything and their detention is arbitrary and illegal.” Eritrea is the only country in Africa without any privately-owned media. RSF notes that a visa application for its representatives, made to the Eritrean Embassy in Paris several months ago, has received no response.The 10 journalists from the privately-owned media began a hunger strike on 31 March in what they said, according to letter smuggled out of prison, was a protest against their illegal detention and to demand “justice before a fair and independent court.” The 10 hunger-strikers are Yusuf Mohamed Ali, editor of Tsigenay, Mattewos Habteab (editor) and Dawit Habtemichael (journalist) of Meqaleh, Medhanie Haile (deputy editor) and Temesgen Gebreyesus (board member) of Keste Debena, Emanuel Asrat, editor of Zemen, Dawit Isaac and Fessehaye Yohannes, of the newspaper Setit, Said Abdulkader, of the magazine Admas, and a freelance photographer, Seyoum Tsehaye.The government ordered all privately-owned media outlets to stop publication last 18 September. In the days that followed, a dozen journalists were arrested and taken to the main police station in the capital, Asmara, where they were accused of publishing interviews with politicians who had publicly called for “democratic reforms” in the country. The politicians were also arrested.RSF notes that another journalist, Simret Seyoum, managing editor of Setit, has been held since 6 January in an unknown place after being caught trying to escape to neighbouring Sudan. Several dozen Eritrean journalists have fled the country in recent years to avoid government reprisals.sign the petition Receive email alerts News RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision Organisation News EritreaAfrica to go further Reports Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? October 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2020

Johnson’s squad welcomes weekend break

first_imgAfter remaining unbeaten following a weekend series against the defending NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, the Badgers women’s hockey team will get the next weekend off.Coach Mark Johnson said it is a welcomed intermission.“It comes at a good time,” Johnson said. “You play 12 games and … mentally you get a break because you don’t have to prepare for either traveling and playing or playing at home next week. That’s a huge mental release for the players.”The break in the schedule accommodates for the Women’s Four Nations’ Cup Tournament, which will take place in Lake Placid, NY, next week from Nov. 4-9. Four Badger standouts will participate in the event, including senior center Erika Lawler, senior goaltender Jessie Vetter, junior forward Meghan Duggan and sophomore forward Hilary Knight.Coming off two pivotal conference matchups against rivals Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth, the weekend off gives Wisconsin a breather and a chance for reflection and evaluation.According to Vetter, the team is pleased with its performance with almost a third of the schedule already in the past.“We’re playing really good hockey,” Vetter said. “We’re doing a really good job of responding to whatever comes at us during the game and just playing some good hockey.”Good hockey may be an understatement.The No. 1-ranked Badgers have proven to be the most explosive offense in the country, topping the nation in goals per game, scoring margin and power play. Additionally, the team is second in combined special teams and penalty kills and is tied for first in scoring defense.Sophomore forward Kelly Nash, who scored the decisive shootout goal in Saturday’s come-from-behind victory against the Bulldogs, said although the team is satisfied with their accomplishments thus far, there are still elements to work on.“Obviously we have a very strong team from the past games we’ve already played this season,” Nash said. “[But] we seem to have trouble in the first period. So we just need to work on getting a head start in the games so we don’t have to worry about it during the intermissions.”Although the team has produced from everywhere, some of the largest contributors have been the team’s youngest members. Most noticeably, freshman forward Brooke Ammerman, who scored two more goals over the weekend, has 12 goals through 12 games, placing her second in the country in total goals, behind only teammate Knight, who has 13. Ammerman is also tied with Knight and two others for the most game-winning goals and is second in points per game for rookies.Johnson said Ammerman proved with her play against Duluth that she is capable of stepping up and playing at the highest level of competition.“Last weekend, after our first game against Minnesota on Friday, the pace was a little quicker than she had been used to in her first eight games,” Johnson said. “But she adjusted nicely and had an impact on this weekend, so that tells me that she’s bringing her game up to where it needs to be in regards to competition. You know, we expect high things from her, and she expects that from herself so she’ll continue to work at it and hopefully be just as productive.”After the weekend off, the team will face WCHA foe North Dakota before heading to Fort Myers, Fla., for a rematch against a New Hampshire team that beat the Badgers twice last season. But for now, Duggan said, the team can be happy with how they’ve performed and excited about the rest of the season.“We’re really rolling right now,” Duggan said following Saturday’s dramatic 2-2 shootout victory. “That was a great, great come-from-behind win for us. It was great to get four points this weekend. I think we have a lot of potential on this team, especially these two weekends we just faced. And [we] really kind of set the tone in the WCHA — you know, Wisconsin’s a pretty good team this year.”last_img read more