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Alexander Skarsgard Music Video “Birdsong” for Dawit Isaak

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Alexander Skarsgard appears in the music video below created to help support the cause to release Dawit Isaak from an Eritrean jail. Dawit is a journals and a Swedish citizen who has been imprisoned since 2001. (information below is from wiki/tumblr)

Isaak fled Eritrea during the civil war and settled in Sweden. When Eritrea gained independence, Isaak returned to his native country, got married and had children. He began work as a reporter for the country’s first independent newspaper, Setit. Eventually he became a part-owner of the newspaper, which was often critical of Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki.

On September 23, 2001, Isaak was arrested in his home in Asmara, Eritrea. Concurrently, ten other independent journalists and eleven prominent reformist politicians of the so-called G-15 were arrested, ostensibly for demanding democratic reforms in a series of letters to president Isayas Afeworki. The independent press, including the Setit newspaper, had covered the confrontation between the president and the reformers. Continue reading