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Ethiopian high court convicts editor of inciting subversion

May 24, 2017 1:40 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2017--The Ethiopian Federal High Court's conviction of Getachew Shiferaw, editor of the news website Negere Ethiopia, on charges of inciting subversion is a further blow to press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ethiopia Supreme Court says two Zone 9 bloggers should face incitement charges

April 6, 2017 12:08 PM ET

New York, April 6, 2017--Ethiopia's Supreme Court today ruled that two bloggers from the Zone 9 collective, previously acquitted of terrorism charges, should be tried instead on charges of inciting violence through their writing. If convicted of the charge, Atnaf Berhane and Natnail Feleke would face a maximum prison...

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Ethiopian journalist released from prison

March 13, 2017 12:43 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2017--Authorities responsible for overseeing implementation of Ethiopia's state of emergency today released Ethiopian commentator Anania Sorri....

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Two Radio Bilal journalists sentenced in Ethiopia on terror charges

January 4, 2017 11:21 AM ET

New York, January 4, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the prison sentences handed down to two journalists from the Ethiopian faith-based station Radio Bilal. Khalid Mohamed and Darsema Sori were sentenced yesterday to prison terms of five years and six months and four years and five months respectively,...

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Two Ethiopian radio journalists convicted on terror charges

December 21, 2016 12:11 PM ET

Nairobi, December 21, 2016--Ethiopian radio journalists Khalid Mohammed and Darsema Sori, who have been imprisoned since February 2015, were today convicted on terrorism charges by the High Court's 19th Criminal Bench, according to the independent Addis Standard newspaper....

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Ethiopian newspaper editor, bloggers caught in worsening crackdown

November 16, 2016 11:54 PM ET

Nairobi, November 17, 2016--Ethiopia should immediately release all journalists detained amid an intensifying crackdown on the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In recent weeks, Ethiopian authorities have jailed a newspaper editor and detained two members of the award-winning Zone 9 bloggers' collective, which has faced continuous...

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Police arrest prominent Ethiopian blogger

October 3, 2016 1:39 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2016 - Ethiopian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Seyoum Teshome, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Teshome on October 1, according to press accounts and opposition activists....

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CPJ Newsletter: Exhibit of jailed photographer's work moves to Photoville, journalist released from jail, and we join our partners at the UN

September 21, 2016 3:21 PM ET

October edition Next stop for exhibit of Shawkan's work: Photoville In mid-September, CPJ partnered with the Bronx Documentary Center to hold an exhibition of photographs taken by Mahmoud Abou Zeid, or Shawkan, a freelance journalist who has been imprisoned in Egypt since August 2013. Many of Shawkan's photos--from protests and...

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Ethiopian journalist Yusuf Getachew released from jail

September 10, 2016 12:32 PM ET

New York, September 10, 2016--Ethiopian authorities today released Yusuf Getachew, editor-in-chief of Ye Muslimoch Guday (Muslim Affairs), who has been imprisoned since his arrest in July 2012, a relative of the journalist told CPJ. Yusuf was freed on the day that several prisoners were released as part of a presidential...

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Ethiopian police detain journalists reporting on drought, escort them back to capital

August 17, 2016 2:45 PM ET

Ethiopian police on August 8, 2016, detained three journalists reporting on the effects of a severe drought in the country before escorting them back to Addis Ababa with a warning not to work outside the capital, the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Ethiopia said in a statement....

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