By Peter Martell
10 March, 2008
Deep inside the tall towers of Eritrea's Ministry of Information, the battle-scarred war veteran leaned towards me across his desk.
His finger pointed towards a heavily-underlined copy of a report I had written the day before.
"Why," he said, spluttering with rage, "do you say we silence critics?"
The former rebel, now a top official in the information ministry, was angry because I refused to name two ex-freedom fighters I had quoted expressing disillusionment at life in Eritrea today.
"You will not work again, until you tell us the names of the people," he added.
Given Eritrea's grim record for jailing its critics, I declined politely to reveal the names.
I was then made to surrender my work permit.After just over a year reporting from Asmara, it was my last official story from inside Eritrea.
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