Dawit Isaak

Protests for Imprisoned Swedish Journalist In Eritrea

Marking the 43th birthday of imprisoned Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak, Swedish public service and commercial television and radio stations have joined 30 newspaper editors demanding that Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt take more action in the case.

The Swedish journalist has been in an Eritrean jail for 2,225 days - accused of anti-government activities by starting a critical and independent newspaper in Eritrea where he was born.

The protesters argue that too much time has passed for quiet diplomacy and that  Sweden get the backing of the European Union in this case.

The Swedish government denies that it has been slow because Isaak is not a native-born Swede.  It also claims that that cutting off Swedish humanitarian aid to Eritrea would only be harmful to the population and not hurt the regime.

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