Stefanos Temloso

Underground Journalism in Eritrea

“It was just days after the third offensive that I was freed on bail. It was natural that I wanted to exercise my freedom of expression for the first time though it was in a pen name. I feel very sad for those who used their real name and became victims of the merciless regime. One of them was my dear friend Seyoum Tsehaye, the freelance journalist and experienced photographer.”

But, when I warned him by saying: “Seyoum, you must learn from my case, these people are ruthless and they can lock you up endlessly,” he used to reply, “They can do nothing except imprison me.” Of course, neither he nor I ever thought that he and other fellow journalists would be imprisoned incommunicado for almost thirteen long years.