York, August 28, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's
decision by the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice to release the editor of a
leading independent weekly from jail and drop all criminal charges against him.
CPJ also calls for the release of eight other journalists now imprisoned in
Ethiopia for their work.
Desalegn, editor of Feteh, was
released from Kality Prison in Addis Ababa, the capital, at around 3 p.m.
today, according to Feteh Deputy
Editor Hailemeskel Beshewamyelhu. The journalist was jailed on Friday in
connection with his articles that appeared in seven editions of Feteh and criticized the policies of the
late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, according to