Ethiopia / 2013

Ethiopian journalist sentenced to more than two years in jail

December 30, 2013 1:50 PM ET

Nairobi, December 30, 2013--An Ethiopian court convicted a journalist on December 25 on the charge of spreading false rumors and sentenced him to two years and nine months in prison, according to local journalists....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, November 2013

December 5, 2013 12:40 PM ET

Photo credit, Barbara Nitke (CPJ)Journalists honored at CPJ's annual award ceremony Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef was among four journalists who received CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom Award on November 26. Youssef has used humor to report on and criticize government failures to improve the economy and public services, and...

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Photojournalist briefly detained in Ethiopia

December 3, 2013 12:44 PM ET

Police in Ethiopia's western region of Gambella on November 1, 2013, detained Robin Hammond, a freelance photojournalist with dual U.K. and New Zealand citizenship, while he was on assignment for U.S. magazine National Geographic, according to news reports and local journalists....

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African media leaders must address Ethiopia's repression

November 5, 2013 5:55 PM ET

New York, November 5, 2013--As media leaders and officials of regional institutions gather in Addis Ababa this week for the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF), the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the participants to ensure that press freedom is squarely on the agenda....

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Ethiopia arrests 2 journalists from independent paper

November 5, 2013 2:48 PM ET

New York, November 5, 2013--Ethiopian police have arrested without charge two editors of the leading independent Amharic weekly Ethio-Mihdar, according to local journalists. Police in the town of Legetafo, northeast of the capital Addis Ababa, on Monday arrested Getachew Worku in connection a story published in October alleging corruption in...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, October 2013

November 4, 2013 12:44 PM ET

CPJ launches US report Following CPJ's release of its report on the state of press freedom in the United States, the organization is pursuing high-level meetings with the White House. CPJ had drafted six recommendations that were shared with President Obama, including calling for a guarantee that journalists would...

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Prison places restrictions on jailed journalist Reeyot Alemu

September 16, 2013 5:24 PM ET

Nairobi, September 16, 2013--The decision by authorities at Kality Prison to impose visitor restrictions on imprisoned journalist Reeyot Alemu constitutes harassment and runs counter to the Ethiopian constitution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. "We call upon the Ethiopian authorities to lift these latest restrictions and allow Reeyot...

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Two Ethiopian journalists held for a week without charge

August 9, 2013 2:31 PM ET

Nairobi, August 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the arrest and week-long detention without charge of two journalists working for Radio Bilal, a station that has provided extensive coverage of ongoing anti-government protests staged by Ethiopian Muslims....

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Ethiopia holds reporter covering evictions in dam region

May 30, 2013 6:07 PM ET

New York, May 30, 2012--Ethiopian authorities have detained since Friday a reporter who sought to interview people evicted from their homes in a region where the government is building a contentious hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile, according to a news report and the reporter's editor. The Committee to Protect...

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At AU summit, Kerry should speak out for a free press

May 16, 2013 5:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Secretary: We are writing to bring to your attention the deteriorating state of press freedom in Ethiopia, where you will attend this year's African Union Summit. A vibrant press and civil society is fundamental to hold governments accountable and to ensure long-term development and stability. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, we ask that you include the issue of press freedom in your discussion of the challenges that Africa will face in the next half-century.

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Ethiopian editor questioned over story on Meles' widow

May 15, 2013 4:08 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2013--Ethiopian police in Addis Ababa questioned an editor for several hours today in connection with a story published in October about the widow of the late Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, according to news reports....

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CPJ calls on African Union to uphold press freedom

May 2, 2013 2:40 PM ET

Dear Chairperson Zuma: We ask that you mark World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2013, by calling for the release of all journalists imprisoned in Africa and appealing for justice in the murders of journalists killed in the line of duty.

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In Eskinder case, politicized verdict undermines Ethiopia

May 2, 2013 11:31 AM ET

New York, May 2, 2013---In response to today's ruling by Ethiopia's Supreme Court to uphold an 18-year prison sentence imposed on award-winning journalist Eskinder Nega and reject his appeal, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:  "This ruling trivializes the serious crime of terrorism, upholds a politically motivated...

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Ethiopia transfers editor Woubshet Taye to remote prison

April 22, 2013 1:04 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists protests Ethiopian authorities' transfer of independent newspaper editor Woubshet Taye to a remote prison several hours away from his family's home. Woubshet has been imprisoned since June 2011 on vague terrorism charges that CPJ has determined to be unsubstantiated....

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Ethiopia threatens journalist with solitary confinement

April 10, 2013 11:45 AM ET

Dear Minister Birhan Hailu: We are writing to bring to your attention the case of Ethiopian journalist and teacher Reeyot Alemu, whose health has deteriorated since her imprisonment in June 2011 on terrorism charges and who is now being threatened with solitary confinement. The Ethiopian Ministry of Justice has publicly subscribed to a vision in which "human and democratic rights are respected," yet Reeyot's full human rights are being denied to her in Kality Prison.

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: CPJ Risk List Video

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

CPJ's Robert Mahoney identifies the 10 countries where press freedom suffered the most in 2012. They include Syria, the world's deadliest country for the press; Russia, where repressive laws took effect; Brazil, where journalist murders soared; and Ethiopia, where terror laws are used to silence the press. (3:26)...

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Attacks on the Press: Misusing Terror Laws

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Governments exploit national security laws to punish critical journalists. By Monica Campbell...

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Attacks on the Press: A Moving Target

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Your cellphone allows authorities to locate you and uncover your sources. By Danny O'Brien...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Ethiopia

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

The death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in August in a Belgian hospital brought an end to a 21-year rule characterized by repression of dissent and iron-fisted control of the independent press. His fatal illness was shrouded in secrecy. After Meles disappeared from public view in June, the government played...

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Attacks on the Press: Prison Census 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Worldwide tally reaches highest point since CPJ began surveys in 1990. Governments use charges of terrorism, other anti-state offenses to silence critical voices. Turkey is the world's worst jailer. A CPJ special report...

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Attacks on the Press: Journalism and Religion

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Editors think twice, reporters do not dig deeply, columnists choose words carefully. By Jean-Paul Marthoz...

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ Risk List

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

From conflict-ridden Syria to aspiring world leader Brazil, 10 nations on a downslope. By Karen Phillips...

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Charges renewed against Ethiopian journalist Temesghen

February 8, 2013 2:30 PM ET

Nairobi, February 8, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the revival of criminal charges against Ethiopian journalist Temesghen Desalegn today in what appears to be a politicized court hearing designed to censor one of the few critical voices left in the country....

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Ethiopian journalist arrested for covering Muslim protests

February 1, 2013 3:04 PM ET

Nairobi, February 1, 2013--Ethiopian security forces have detained for two weeks without charge the editor of a newsmagazine and accused him of incitement to terrorism, according to local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to release Solomon Kebede immediately and halt their harassment of journalists affiliated...

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Ethiopian judge rejects Reeyot Alemu's final appeal

January 8, 2013 5:58 PM ET

In a ruling that lasted five minutes, a new judge appointed to the Ethiopian Court of Cassation in the capital, Addis Ababa, rejected on January 8, 2012, an appeal filed on behalf of award-winning journalist Reeyot Alemu, according to local journalists. ...

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