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Two Eritrean journalist released from Ethiopia

Two Eritrean state TV journalists Saleh Idris Gama, of the Eritrean state-run Eri-TV, and cameraman Tesfalidet Kidane Tesfazghi, had been held in secret after being arrested in year 2007 along with several Somalis and foreigners near the border with Kenya.

Like many other foreign journalists, they were reporting on the situation in Somalia and were not foreign fighters, as those arrested with them appear to be,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.

The Eritrean foreign ministry asked Kenya on 5 April in 2007 to speedily obtain the release of the two Eritrean state TV journalists and send them home. Kenya had handed them over to the Somalis on 20 January 2007 after arresting in late December and been transferred to a prison in Addis Ababa..

Two Eritrean journalists captured in Somalia are shown in video posted on pro-government website in Ethiopia
A video published on an Ethiopian pro-government website on 13 April 2007 includes footage of two Eritrean state TV journalists, cameraman Tesfalidet Kidane Tesfazghi and reporter Saleh Idris Gama, who have been held in secret since 2007
Saleh, who normally presents an Eri-TV news programme on “patriotic” youth, is described in the video as a “lieutenant and brigade administrator, captured during the war in Somalia.” Footage of some of his programmes, in which he is seen wearing Eritrean uniform, is included in the video. His account is very similar to that of Tesfalidet. In the interview, filmed while he was being held in Ethiopia, shows him wearing a light-coloured shirt and he seems in good health.

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