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September 18 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Thu Sep 18 2014, 21:56:12

ነዚ ኩሉ ኣብ ትሕቲ መሬት ዝግበር ዘሎ ኣደናቒን መሃዝነት ዝመልኦ ናይ ጉድጋድ ዓለም ዝረእዩ በጻሕቲ ኣብ ዓዓዶም ምስከዱ ነዚ ተኣምራት መሰል ፍጻሜ ክዝርግሕዎ ጀመሩ። ጋዜጠኛታት ድማ ናብ ሜዳታት ሳሕል ወረዱ። እቲ ኣብ ወጻኢ ዝነብር ሕዝቢ ተገረመን ተሓጉሰን። እምበኣር ኣብ ንውሕ ዝበለ እዋን ካብ ወጻኢ እውን ዝውሰድ ነገራት ክህሉ እዩ ኢሉ ኣመነ። እዞም ኣዝዮም ዘገርሙ ሕዝቢ ድማ በየን መዓስን ከመይን ብዘይገድስ ናብ ዕላማኦም ክብጽሑ ምኻኖም እናተረድአ ከደ።

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Thu Sep 18 2014, 11:08:00

Freedom Friday (Arbi Harnet) activists inside Eritrea have today distributed copies of their underground newsletter as a mark of defiance on the 13th anniversary of the closure of all independent newspapers inside the country.

The newsletter that has editorials and articles in Arabic and Tigrigna is a collaborative initiative lining Eritrea based activists with those in the diaspora.

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Thu Sep 18 2014, 09:49:24

If we talk about "what happened to whom" after that infamous day, the list of prisoners is rather long: former higher officials, journalists, religious leaders and their followers, merchants, former tegadelti, students, the youth, peasants, etc. But if we put it thematically, the loss to the nation has been at every conceivable level: the constitution, free speech, freedom of worship, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom of movement, free trade, etc. And with ever step the regime made in its totalitarian striving, the life of the people became more and more unbearable; so much so, that the only way to free oneself from the chokehold of the regime's totalitarian grip has become to flee the nation.

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Thu Sep 18 2014, 09:29:54

On 18 September 2001, the Asmara regime ordered the closure of all the nine vibrant independent newspapers, and a week later began mass arrest of all the journalists. Ever since then, we have learnt one after the other more than half a dozen of our colleagues losing their lives due to torture and harsh prison conditions. According to some sources, the fate of the remaining few could also be likewise, unless urgently something is done to avert their fate.

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September 17 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Sep 17 2014, 12:22:09

ካብ ስቱድዮ ወጺኤ ነቲ ኣብ መስመር ተለፎን ዝነበረ ሰብ ከዘራርቦ ብኢዳ ኣመልከተትኒ።...."ዕብዳን ድዩ ጽላለ!''...ኣስደመመኒ። ሰዓት እናኣኸለ ደኣ ናበይ ክወጽእ፧ ደጊማ ናይ "ንዓ'' ምልክት ክትገብረለይ እንከላ ሰንፈላል ኮይናን ተረቢሻን ከምዝነበረት ኣብ ገጻ ይንበብ።....."እንታይ ህጹጽ ነገር ተረኺቡ፧''....ኢለ ኣዕዘምዘምኩ። ቅድሚ ንባብ ምጅማርካ ትንፋስካ ከተርግእ ስለዘድሊ፡ ሰዓት ኣብ ምእካሉ ካብ ስቱድዮ ክወጽእ ኣይደለኹን። ኣብ ወርሒ ለካቲት 1999 ዓ.ም. ከምኡ እውን ኣብ ግንቦት 2000 ዓ.ም. ...

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Sep 17 2014, 11:58:57

In all the turmoil of that early and fateful morning, the rest of the department heads and members of staff of the Ministry of Information were all at home and just because they had no idea what was going on within the Mininisty, all they could do was only ask the technician why music and where is the duty news reader?

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Sep 17 2014, 11:18:54

September 18 has left us Eritreans looking at the world pass us by, whilst we stand on life's platform dazed and gazing at the train and its passengers wishing we were on it too. Life doesn't bother to stop to help us on board and its passengers only ever pay a fleeting attention to the hapless stranded throng that we have become.

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Sep 17 2014, 07:26:55

when I learned what happened to you on 18 Sep 2001, that is a week after my fourth birthday, the day you disappeared from my life, I uncompromisingly refused to accept the story. It wasn't until that dreadful day when I googled your name that things became clearer. That day changed my life completely. Mind you, that was the day I was left more stunned after I learned that mother was also missing.

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Sep 17 2014, 07:04:16

If you look closer, you should also be able see eleven graying members languishing in jail. That does not necessarily mean their case will make it to the floor. No congress was going to squander its precious time discussing the arrest of its members, with or without charges.

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September 15 2014






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