Ethiopia / 2014

Ethiopian court sentences journalist to three years in prison

October 27, 2014 12:56 PM ET

Nairobi, October 27, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's sentencing of Ethiopian journalist Temesghen Desalegn to three years' imprisonment on charges of defamation and incitement that date back to 2012. A court in Addis Ababa, the capital, convicted Temesgen on October 13 in connection with opinion pieces published in...

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Ethiopian authorities convict journalist in Addis Ababa

October 15, 2014 2:15 PM ET

Nairobi, October 15, 2014--An Ethiopian court on Monday convicted journalist and magazine owner Temesghen Desalegn in connection with a 2012 defamation case, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Ethiopian photojournalist Aziza Mohamed held without charge

July 31, 2014 12:13 PM ET

Nairobi, July 31, 2014--CPJ is alarmed by the detention of Addis Guday ("Addis Affairs") photojournalist Aziza Mohamed, who has been in custody for two weeks without charge. Police arrested Aziza on July 18 while she was covering Muslim protests near Anwar Mosque in the capital Addis Ababa, local journalists...

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Ethiopian authorities charge nine journalists with terrorism

July 17, 2014 4:12 PM ET

Nairobi, July 17, 2014--An Ethiopian court charged nine Ethiopian journalists arrested in April with inciting violence and terrorism, according to local journalists and news reports. The nine arrested include six bloggers from an independent collective called Zone 9, which publishes critical news and commentary....

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CPJ condemns closed court hearings for nine Ethiopian journalists

July 14, 2014 5:18 PM ET

Nairobi, July 14, 2014--The Ethiopian government should end its politicized prosecution of nine Ethiopian journalists arrested in April. The journalists and their lawyers were shut out of court room hearings in recent days....

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Ethiopia holds editor-in-chief without charge

May 28, 2014 5:12 PM ET

New York, May 28, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of a journalist without charge since Monday and calls on Ethiopian authorities to release him immediately. An Ethiopian court on Tuesday extended by 14 days the pre-trial detention of Elias Gebru, according to news reports.Ethiopia's federal police...

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Ethiopia jails nine journalists, renews press crackdown

April 28, 2014 4:24 PM ET

Nairobi, April 28, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the Ethiopian government's arrests of nine journalists in one of the worst crackdowns against free expression in the country."With the latest arrests, Ethiopian authorities are turning the peaceful exercise of free expression into a crime," said CPJ East...

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Putting Press Freedom at the Heart of Anti-Poverty Efforts

February 12, 2014 2:25 AM ET

Economists and political scientists acknowledge that journalism is vital to development and democracy. By Robert Mahoney...

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Pressure on Journalists Rises Along With Africa's Prospects

February 12, 2014 2:13 AM ET

After a decade of unprecedented growth and development, the insistence on positive news remains a significant threat to press freedom in sub-Saharan Africa. By Mohamed Keita A newspaper displayed in the Ikoyi district of Lagos on September 30, 2013, tells of a deadly attack on a college in northeast Nigeria...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Ethiopia

February 12, 2014 2:08 AM ET

A year after the death of Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn succeeded in preserving the repressive climate in Ethiopia. Several journalists faced interrogation or prosecution for writing about the late leader, his policies, and even his widow. One journalist, Temesghen Desalegn, former chief editor of the critical weekly Feteh,...

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