Secondary Targets: Eritrea

Journalists who have reported on repressive regimes sometimes have no choice but to flee for their safety. But exile is no shield for loved ones back home. The threat of family reprisals puts journalists in a fraught corner. This series tells their stories.

ERITREA: In September 2001, the Eritrean government banned the independent press and arrested journalists in a mass crackdown. Aaron Berhane, co-founder of Setit, one of the country’s first independent papers, went into hiding until he could flee across the border. In response, Eritrea jailed his brother and a cousin for two years and called his wife in for questioning every time Berhane published a new article about corruption or wrongdoing in Eritrea. The two were finally reunited, and Berhane now teaches journalism at the George Brown College in Toronto.

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