Ethiopia / Africa

Journalists attacked in Ethiopia since 1992

  

CPJ condemns Ethiopian internet shutdown and Oromia Media Network raid

Nairobi, June 30, 2020 – In response to a nationwide internet shutdown in Ethiopia and a police raid on the Oromia Media Network, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Ethiopian authorities’ persistence of old patterns of censorship in response to crises, when the public most needs access to timely news and information,…

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Security officers are seen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 4, 2019. Ethiopian police have ignored several court orders to release staffers of the Oromia News Network. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Ethiopian police ignore court orders to free journalists held since March

Nairobi, May 22, 2020 — Ethiopian police should immediately and unconditionally free journalists Dessu Dulla and Wako Nole and media worker Ismael Abdulrzaq, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A worker of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute measures a man's temperature in Addis Ababa, on March 17, 2020. Ethiopian police are holding journalist Yayesew Shimelis pending a terrorism investigation. (AFP/Eduardo Soteras)

Ethiopian police hold journalist Yayesew Shimelis pending terrorism investigation

Nairobi, April 16, 2020 — In response to Ethiopian authorities’ new terrorism allegations against broadcast journalist Yayesew Shimelis today, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

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

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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People have their temperatures checked at the Zewditu Memorial Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 18, 2020. Journalist Yayesew Shimelis was recently detained over a report about the pandemic. (AP/Mulugeta Ayene)

Ethiopian journalist Yayesew Shimelis detained following COVID-19 report

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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Newspapers are seen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 24, 2019. Police recently arrested two journalists and their driver in Burayu, a town in the Oromia region. (AFP/Eduardo Soteras)

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

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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Fighting breaks out as security personnel attempt to re-arrest Nigerian activist and journalist Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria, on December 6, 2019. Sowore and other activist-journalists have been jailed in Nigeria and Ethiopia amid a crackdown on free expression. (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

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

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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Ethiopians follow the news on television at a cafe in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, June 23, 2019. Ethiopian authorities arrested journalist Mesganaw Getachew on August 9 after he filmed outside a court in Addis Ababa. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Ethiopian authorities arrest journalist Mesganaw Getachew after he films outside court

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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A man rides a motorcycle as young people of the Sidama ethnic group, the largest in southern Ethiopia, celebrate at Hawassa city over plans by local elders to declare the establishment of a breakaway region for the Sidama, in Awasa, July 15, 2019. Authorities arrested three media workers from the Sidama Media Network on July 18. (AFP/Michael Tewelde)

Authorities arrest Sidama Media Network workers in southern Ethiopia amid unrest

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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Ethiopians read newspapers in Addis Ababa on June 24. Following what the government refers to as a failed attempted coup, access to the internet was cut and journalists were arrested. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

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

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 in the country since May.

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