Despite having a fraction of its population, Eritrea has almost as many reporters in prison as China, a fact that highlighted an event at the National Press Club on April 27.
Milkias M. Yohannes, an exiled Eritrean journalist living in Maryland, became the first Eritrean reporter ever arrested for doing his job.
“I was arrested right after I interviewed the U.S. ambassador to Eritrea," Yohannes said. "I was accused of being a CIA spy. From my colleagues who were there with me, one is in jail. We don’t know if the other is still alive."