Ethiopian authorities arrest 11 employees of 4 independent media outlets

Members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) and the Amhara Special Forces stand guard in the town of Lalibela in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, January 27, 2022. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Ethiopia has arrested at least 11 journalists and media workers since May 19 in Amhara state and the capital Addis Ababa as part of a broader crackdown that the state government calls a “law enforcement operation.”

More than 4,500 people have been arrested overall. The media arrests show yet again that the government has no regard for press freedom and the right of citizens to information from a plurality of independent media sources, said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator.

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CPJ calls for a swift and transparent international investigation into the killing of Al-Jazeera Arabic reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was fatally shot in the head while covering an Israeli army operation in the West Bank town of Jenin on May 11.

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Javier Valdez Cárdenas

The author interprets Javier Valdez Cárdenas's acceptance speech at the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards in New York. Valdez 'combined the grit of the most battle-hardened reporter with the elegiac soul of a 19th century Romantic poet.' (CPJ)
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On May 15, 2017, investigative reporter and editor Javier Valdez Cárdenas was fatally shot near the editorial offices of Riodoce, the investigative weekly he co-founded in 2003 in the northern Mexican city of Culiacán. Valdez had received numerous threats in connection to his work prior to his death.

As of May 2022, two men have been convicted for their roles in Valdez’s murder.

In at least 8 out of 10 cases, the murderers of journalists go free. CPJ is waging a global campaign against impunity.

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