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Group Says Eritrea Re-Arrests Journalist


A media advocacy group says Eritrean authorities have again arrested a journalist first detained late last year.

Reporters Without Borders says Fathia Khaled, a presenter on state-owned Eri-TV's Arabic service, was arrested earlier this month and taken to a military detention camp.

Khaled was one of nine journalists arrested in November on suspicion they were staying in contact with other reporters who had fled the country. Reporters Without Borders says the journalists were beaten until they gave the passwords to their e-mail accounts and only then released.

Media advocacy groups consistently rank Eritrea as one of the worst countries in the world for freedom of the press. The groups say Eritrea has held several journalists incommunicado since launching a crackdown on the media in September 2001.

In its statement Wednesday, Reporters Without Borders accused the world of being indifferent to the journalists' plight.

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