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CPJ, 80 media and rights groups urge African heads of state to release jailed journalists

April 6, 2020 2:14 PM ET

CPJ and 80 media, press freedom, and human rights organizations write to African heads of state to call on their respective governments to release all jailed journalists amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ethiopian journalist Yayesew Shimelis detained following COVID-19 report

April 1, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Nairobi, April 1, 2020 -- Authorities in Ethiopia should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Yayesew Shimelis and cease detaining journalists without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two journalists and a driver arrested, held without charge in Ethiopia

March 18, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Nairobi, March 18, 2020 -- Authorities in Ethiopia should immediately and unconditionally release journalists Dessu Dulla and Wako Nole and media worker Ismael Abdulrzaq, and let them work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigeria and Ethiopia jail activist-journalists amid crackdown on free expression

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

The ongoing detentions of Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo and Ethiopian editor Fekadu Mahtemework--the only journalists behind bars for their work in their countries, according to CPJ’s latest prison census--don’t tell the whole story of their governments’ crackdowns on freedom of expression....

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Ethiopian authorities arrest journalist Mesganaw Getachew after he films outside court

August 20, 2019 1:00 PM ET

Nairobi, August 20, 2019--Authorities in Ethiopia should unconditionally release journalist Mesganaw Getachew, who was arrested on August 9 after recording an interview outside a court in Addis Ababa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Authorities arrest Sidama Media Network workers in southern Ethiopia amid unrest

August 9, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Nairobi, August 9, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Ethiopia to disclose the charges against three media workers from the Sidama Media Network or release them immediately, and to guarantee that journalists operating in southern Ethiopia can report freely....

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In era of reform, Ethiopia still reverts to old tactics to censor press

July 9, 2019 3:42 PM ET

On June 22, Ethiopia was plunged into an internet blackout following what the government described as a failed attempted coup in the Amhara region. In the aftermath at least two journalists were detained under the country's repressive anti-terror law, part of an uptick in arrests that CPJ has noted...

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Under Abiy, Ethiopia's media have more freedom but challenges remain

April 29, 2019 3:00 PM ET

During a trip to Addis Ababa in January, it was impossible to miss the signs that Ethiopian media are enjoying unprecedented freedom. A flurry of new publications were on the streets. At a public forum that CPJ attended, journalists spoke about positive reforms, but also openly criticized their lack...

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Two journalists detained, attacked in Ethiopia

March 8, 2019 10:45 AM ET

Two journalists with the privately owned online news outlet Mereja TV were briefly detained by regional police and then attacked by a mob in Legetafo, a town in Ethiopia's Oromia region, on February 23, 2019, Mereja TV CEO Elias Kifle told the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal

December 13, 2018 12:00 AM ET

For the third year in a row, 251 or more journalists are jailed around the world, suggesting the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the world’s worst jailer. A...

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