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Eritrean journalist Mebrahtu Teclesion Berhe is honoured tonight by the NGO Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Courtesy: Canadian Journalist for Free Expression

Courtesy: Canadian Journalist for Free Expression

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In Eritrea, in Eastern Africa, free speech is a guaranteed ticket to imprisonment, or worse. It is one of the most closed and tightly controlled nations in the world, and has been ranked as having the lowest freedom of the press of any country it monitors. Even North Korea ranks slightly better. 

Despite that, three Eritrean journalists are being honoured tonight in Toronto, have taken extraordinary risks to fight for free expression at home.

Every year the non-profit organization, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, honours reporters, writers, broadcasters and storytellers from around the world, who risk their lives and livelihoods to tell stories that their governments and regimes don't want them to. 

Tonight,  Eritrean journalist Mebrahtu Teclesion Berhe is among the award recipients is. He joined Carol in the studio to talk about what's it's like to work in Eritrea. Carol, by the way, is the gala chair for the CJFE, and a past board member.

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