Conference in Stockholm

Eritrean regime on Dawit Isaak

Representatives of the Eritrean regime meeting in Stockholm on Monday have played down the imprisonment of Eritrean-Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak and told reporters that they only wanted to sell newspapers.

News agency TT reports that when asked whether Dawit Isaak was still alive, Yemane Gebreab, polititical advisor to Eritrea's dictator Isaias Afwerki, answered;

"Is the media really interested in this question or is it using it to sell newspapers?"

On the question of why the journalist who was imprisoned in 2001 has never received a trial, Yemane Gebreab answered that his arrest was during a time when the country was ravaged by war.