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Editors of Isaak Campaign Met with Bildt

Published fredag 3 april 2009 kl 11.31
The editors in chief (from left Jan Helin, Thomas Mattsson, Lena K Samuelsson, Kalle Jungkvist and Thorbjörn Larsson)

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt promised that no stone will be left unturned in the ongoing struggle to free Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak. On Thursday the editors of Sweden’s four largest newspapers met with him in his office at the Foreign Ministry in Stockholm. 

After a major campaign in all four papers, the editors could now share with Bildt the 140, 000 signatures of readers who signed an online petition for Isaak’s immediate release.

According to the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Bildt said that Isaak’s dual citizenship makes the situation extra difficult but that the fact that Sweden supports Eritrea on the border dispute with Ethiopia might favour the negotiations. However, the newspaper report said that Bildt does not believe that the upcoming EU presidency is going to have any impact on the situation.

Isaak has been in an Eritrean prison since 2001, when the Eritrean government closed down all independent media in the country. (rm)

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