isaiiasAfrica’s seven press freedom predators are Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki, Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Rwandan President Paul Kagamé, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Swaziland’s King Mswati III and Somalia’s Islamist militias (Al-Shabaab and Hizb-Al-Islam)

Abeba (centre) fled from Eritrea to Ethiopia with her four children after her husband Endryas, a member of the Kale Hiwot Church, died in detention. He had been deprived of his insuiin medication. The children are (from left): Luwam (14), Nahom (16), and the twins Heaven (10) and Hewan (10). Photo: Release International)

Abeba (centre) fled from Eritrea to Ethiopia with her four children after her husband Endryas, a member of the Kale Hiwot Church, died in detention. He had been deprived of his insuiin medication. The children are (from left): Luwam (14), Nahom (16), and the twins Heaven (10) and Hewan (10). Photo: Release International)

New York, November 25, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists honored four journalists with its 2009 International Press Freedom Awards in a ceremony Tuesday night that highlighted impunity in journalist murders, this week’s killings of Philippine journalists, and the Internet’s emerging role in press freedom. Anthony Lewis, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and founding CPJ board member, was honored with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement.

New York, November 25, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists honored four journalists with its 2009 International Press Freedom Awards in a ceremony Tuesday night that highlighted impunity in journalist murders, this week’s killings of Philippine journalists, and the Internet’s emerging role in press freedom. Anthony Lewis, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and founding CPJ board member, was honored with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement.

They presented to several diverse groups of people including members of the United Nations, UN mission, Committee to Protect Journalists, Eritrean Civic Society , Eritrean Global Solidarity  and other individuals.

They presented to several diverse groups of people including members of the United Nations, UN mission, Committee to Protect Journalists, Eritrean Civic Society , Eritrean Global Solidarity  and other individuals.

The 3 day event (18-20 June 2009) in Washington is taking place against the background of the state Eritrea is in.   Now in its 18th year of independent statehood, Eritrea finds itself in a moment of neither war nor peace, the PFDJ making a scapegoat of a “Weyane” Ethiopian government threat of invading Eritrea in order to maintain repression and control of the youth.

The 3 day event (18-20 June 2009) in Washington is taking place against the background of the state Eritrea is in.   Now in its 18th year of independent statehood, Eritrea finds itself in a moment of neither war nor peace, the PFDJ making a scapegoat of a “Weyane” Ethiopian government threat of invading Eritrea in order to maintain repression and control of the youth.

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World Press Freedom Day is annually observed on May 3 to remind us all of the vital importance of this core freedom.  It is a day in which we celebrate the indispensable role played by journalists in exposing abuses of power, while we sound the alarm about the growing number of journalists silenced by death or jail as they attempt to bring daily news to the public.

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World Press Freedom Day is annually observed on May 3 to remind us all of the vital importance of this core freedom.  It is a day in which we celebrate the indispensable role played by journalists in exposing abuses of power, while we sound the alarm about the growing number of journalists silenced by death or jail as they attempt to bring daily news to the public.