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Eritrea and Press Freedom

 Posted by , October 24, 2010 at 11:53:37 :: Eritrea

In the last report of Reporters Without Borders about Press Freedom, Press Freedom Index 2010 , released on October 20th 2010, Eritrea ends up at the very last rank among all countries of the world, 178 out of 178! It is behind countries like Burma or North Korea! And that's not the first time! For the last 4 years, Eritrea has always been the worse country in the world in term of Press Freedom.

Eritrea (pronounced /ˌɛrɨˈtreɪ.ə/ or /ˌɛrɨˈtriːə/;[6] Ge'ez: ኤርትራ ʾErtrā, Arabic: إرتريا Iritrīyā), officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the North East of Africa. The capital is Asmara. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. The east and northeast of the country have an extensive coastline on the Red Sea.

Eritrea's relations with its neighbors have been strained due to a series of wars and disputes. These include an undemarcated border with Sudan, a war with Yemen over the Hanish Islands in 1996, and a recent border conflict with Ethiopia.

Eritrea Government Building

Its size is just under 118,000 km2 (45,560 sq mi) with an estimated population of a bit more than 5 million in 2008.

Eritrea is an authoritarian state, run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ). Other political groups are not allowed to organise, although the non-implemented Constitution of 1997 provides for the existence of multi-party politics.

Independent local sources of political information on Eritrean domestic politics are scarce; in September 2001 the government closed down all of the nation's privately owned print media, and outspoken critics of the government have been arrested and held without trial, according to various international observers, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.The reason for these arrests are obvious because in the struggle there were two parties (Islamic republic ELF and republic of Eritrea EPLF).

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