Nairobi, October 5,
2012--Ethiopian authorities should halt their harassment of journalists covering
the country's Muslim community and their intimidation of citizens who have
tried to speak to reporters about sensitive religious, ethnic, and political
issues, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Police in the capital, Addis Ababa, briefly detained Marthe Van Der Wolf, a reporter with the U.S. government-funded broadcaster Voice of America as she was covering a protest by members of Ethiopia's Muslim community at the Anwar Mosque, local journalists said. The protesters were demonstrating against alleged government interference in Islamic Council elections scheduled for Sunday, according to VOA and local journalists.