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July 20, 2007

Ethiopia: Four journalists convicted of treason pardoned and freed

Reporters Without Borders voiced relief on learning that, on 20 July 2007, the Ethiopian government heeded international pleas and pardoned 38 opposition members, including four journalists, who had been given jail terms ranging from six months to life on 16 July. The four journalists to receive pardons were: "Ethiop" editor Andualem Ayele, "Abay" editor Mesfin Tesfaye, "Asqual" editor Wonakseged Zeleke and Dawit Fassil, the deputy editor of the now defunct weekly "Satenaw". Two other... MORE
July 17, 2007

Ethiopia sentences six journalists to prison, four to life, for election riots coverage

Ethiopia’s High Court has handed down harsh criminal penalties, including life prison sentences, to six journalists and three publishers on anti-state charges in connection with critical coverage of the government during the deadly unrest in the aftermath of disputed parliamentary elections in 2005, according to local journalists. At least 200 people Monday packed the courtroom in the capital, Addis Ababa, as editors Andualem Ayele of Ethiop , Zelalem Gebre of Menelik , Mesfin Tesfaye of Abay... MORE
July 11, 2007

IFJ says Ethiopian court must reject death penalty demand for journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on an Ethiopian court to reject the prosecutor's demand for the death penalty for four journalists who have been convicted, along with opposition members and activists, of attempting to overthrow the government, treason and inciting violence. "We condemn this cruel and unreasonable demand by the prosecution who wants journalists sentenced to death merely for doing their job," said Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa office. "... MORE
June 11, 2007

Ethiopia’s High Court convicts four editors, three publishers

Ethiopia's High Court today convicted four editors and three publishers of now-defunct weeklies of anti-state charges linked to their coverage of the government’s handling of disputed parliamentary elections in 2005, according to local journalists. Two of the editors were convicted of charges carrying life imprisonment or death. The journalists were arrested after a massive government crackdown on the media and opposition groups in November 2005. The media was targeted for its coverage of how... MORE