Tag: Eritrea

Twenty years later, Awate.com’s founding editor: “I never thought the freedom to talk would take this long”

Sept. 20, 2020 For the last two decades, awate.com has been the name synonymous with Eritrean independent media, where nationals inside the country would go through the discouraging internet connection and ubiquitous surveillance of the police state to have a glimpse of their country, as all independent media have been closed since September 2001. Indisputably,

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Book Review: The Dynamics of an Unfinished African Dream

Timnet Gedar*  Mohamed Kheir Omer. The Dynamics of an Unfinished African Dream, Eritrea: Ancient History to 1968. Lulu Publishing, 2020. 256 pp. The title of Mohamed Kheir Omer’s book, The Dynamics of an Unfinished African Dream, orients the reader to the activist ethos of his work. Though it is primarily a work of historical analysis,

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Human Rights Day 2019: Abraham Zere’s perspective on Eritrea

Eritrea: Forget “rights” and speak of duties and responsibilities Abraham T. Zere* The concept of “rights” doesn’t meaningfully exist in the state vocabulary of today’s Eritrea. The idea has been replaced by “duty and responsibility.” The state media apparatus constantly pounds into citizens the need to carry out their duties rather than wasting time by

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Human Rights Day 2019: the Eritrean perspective

Daniel Mekonnen Of threshing fields, funerals and Eritrea on International Human Rights Day Tuesday 10 December 2019 or a country like Eritrea, an occasion like International Human Rights Day serves two major purposes. On the one hand, it serves as a stark reminder about the dire state of human rights violations in the country. On

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Life as an Eritrean journalist

Last month, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) declared that Eritrea is the world’s most censored country, worse even than North Korea or Turkmenistan. Their survey highlights the fact that independent media was banned in 2001; that at least 16 Eritrean journalists are behind bars, making the government the worst jailer of journalists in sub-Saharan

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PEN Eritrea conducts writers’ workshops in Cairo and Kampala

PEN Eritrea conducted workshops to Eritrean refugee writers in Cairo and Kampala from 17th -21st of September and from 30th of September to the 1st of October, respectively. More than 45 participants —collectively – took part in the workshops. The sessions were offered as part of PEN Eritrea’s Breaking the Silence project which is implemented

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“An artist has the responsibility to take stand,” Gianluca Costantini

From the last week of June until mid-July, PEN Eritrea has been collaborating with artist and activist Gianluca Costantini to highlight the cases of forgotten Eritrean journalists. In his Human Rights in Eritrea series, the artist has produced 15 illustrations of the jailed journalists. A faculty of Bologna School of Fine Arts and this year’s

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