Activism & Campaigns December 11, 2019 at 10:00 am

Rwanda and these four African countries are the ‘worst jailers of journalists’

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

Novieku Babatunde Adeola December 11, 2019 at 10:00 am

December 11, 2019 at 10:00 am | Activism & Campaigns


The CPJ report labeled the Eritrean government as “the worst jailer of journalists in sub-Saharan Africa,” noting at least 16 journalists had been jailed since December 2018 and none received a trial. 

About seven journalists are reported to have perished in custody, according to reports that CPJ says it has not been able to confirm due to the climate of fear and tight state control.

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Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki_Photo: Newsweek

Over 100 leading African journalists, scholars, and rights activists wrote an open letter to President Isaias Afewerki in June this year, asking to visit long-imprisoned journalists and activists. This request was rejected, and adjudged “inappropriate” by Eritrea’s Ministry of Information.


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