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April 29, 2014

Ethiopia arrests journalists, bloggers

Ethiopian authorities have arrested nine journalists and bloggers on allegations that they worked for foreign human rights groups or used social media to incite violence, sources told the International Press Institute (IPI) Monday, saying they feared additional detentions. IPI condemned the arrests, which targeted some individuals who met with the organisation’s representatives during a press freedom mission to the country in November 2013, and reiterated calls for the government to respect... MORE
March 13, 2014

IFJ appeals for release of Somali journalist jailed in Ethiopia

The guilty verdict and prison sentence given to veteran Somali journalist, Mohamed Aweys Mudey , is unacceptable, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). It has appealed to Ethiopian authorities to quash his sentence and release him with immediate effect. According to IFJ affiliate, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Mudey has been sentenced to 27 years in prison under Ethiopia's Anti-terror law. Ethiopian prosecutors reportedly accused him of having... MORE
July 26, 2011

Ethiopia: Two journalists freed on bail, two others in separate case remain in detention

Haileyesus Worku, the editor of the state-owned Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA), and one of his reporters, Abdulsemed Mohammed, were finally released on bail of 5,000 birr (205 euros) on July 22 after being held for 15 months on charges of illegally selling state-owned news content for personal gain, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The court has scheduled a hearing for 12 November to hear defence arguments. The two journalists are... MORE
July 6, 2011

Swedish journalists arrested in Ethiopia after leaving Somalia

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the apparent complicity between the Ethiopian authorities and those in Somalia’s semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland in arresting journalists and trying to gag the media. Two Swedish journalists, reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, were arrested after crossing from Puntland into Ethiopia’s troubled Ogaden region and covering rebel activity there, while a Somali journalist originally... MORE
June 28, 2011

Ethiopia: Two journalists arrested as pressure mounts on private media

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the arrests of two journalists working for privately-owned newspapers in the past few days. The latest victim is Reyot Alemu , a young woman reporter for the Amharic-language weekly Fitih , who was arrested on June 21, two days after the arrest of Woubeshet Taye , the deputy editor of the Amharic-language Awramba Times . Both are now the subject of a judicial investigation and are being held at the Addis Ababa centre... MORE
May 5, 2011

Ethiopia censors UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event

Officials in Ethiopia hijacked a local UNESCO-sponsored World Press Freedom Day event, installing government-backed journalists as speakers and nixing independent journalists slated to speak. There was no discussion, as originally planned, of this year's global theme on new media and the Internet at the Tuesday forum, according to local sources and news reports. The programme for the event at Addis Ababa's Hilton Hotel had called for the veteran editor of the bilingual weekly Reporter , Amare... MORE
April 12, 2011

Ethiopia should allow German broadcasts

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists has called on authorities in Ethiopia to ensure that broadcasts of the German state-funded station Deutsche Welle, which had been jammed, be allowed to air freely. Local journalists confirmed a report by the Bonn-based international broadcaster that its programs were inaudible in Ethiopia last week until Friday. The management of Deutsche Welle told CPJ that the International Broadcasting Bureau, which provides non-military... MORE
March 21, 2011

Newspapers and journalists face threats and legal pressure in Ethiopia

There has been a steadily worsening climate of harassment and intimidation that the Ethiopian authorities have imposed on the media, especially the private media, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Eskinder Nega , a former journalist jailed along with his wife in 2005 for supporting the protests that followed legislative elections, is again under pressure from the authorities. On February 11, police officers briefly arrested him as he left an Internet... MORE
October 30, 2010

Ethiopian journalist jailed without charge since September

Authorities in Ethiopia's northeastern region of Afar are holding a journalist without charge since September 11, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Akram Ezedin is jailed in Asaita, the regional capital of Afar. He is 17 years old. His father is Ezedin Mohamed, the editor of Al-Quds , a privately owned Islamic weekly newspaper based in capital city of Addis Ababa. In January, Mohamed began serving a one-year prison sentence for a 2008 column criticising... MORE
August 7, 2007

Ethiopia jails four journalists for 2005 violence coverage

Ethiopia's High Court has imposed heavy prison sentences on four journalists jailed in connection with their coverage of deadly post-election unrest in 2005, after the journalists waived their defence and pleaded guilty in anticipation of a pardon, according to the Comittee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). All of them worked for now-defunct Amharic-language weeklies. Editors Dawit Kebede of Hadar and Wosonseged Gebrekidan of Addis Zena were sentenced July 30 last to four years in prison each on... MORE