Jailed Eritrean govt journalist goes missing - RSF

ASMARA (Reuters) - An Eritrean government journalist has disappeared inside the Red Sea state's jails after being held without trial for two years, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Thursday.

Tura Kubaba worked for the Kunama-language service of government-run radio, RSF said.

Eritrea routinely denies statements from the press freedom organisation, saying RSF is acting on behalf of world powers to sully the government's reputation.

RSF calls Asmara the world's worst violator of press freedom, outdoing North Korea and Cuba.

"Amid general silence, a new name has been added to the list of journalists who have disappeared in Eritrea's jails," RSF said in a statement.

It accused the government of building a "wall of terror" which hindered such cases coming to light.

Kubaba was arrested in late 2006 and held with 2,000 other prisoners until he was transferred to an unknown location in 2007.

Reporters Without Borders, quoting an unidentified source in Eritrea, said Kubaba was arrested for having associated with ethnic Kunama opposition groups.

There was no independent confirmation.

RSF said 16 journalists have been imprisoned since the government cracked down on free press in 2001. There are no independent media in Eritrea.

(Reporting by Jack Kimball; Editing by Charles Dick)

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Thu 24 Apr 2008, 13:03 GMT

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