Befekadu Hailu

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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,...

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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...

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CPJ joins call for Ethiopia's prime minister-designate to ensure journalists' immediate release

March 30, 2018 11:25 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with 40 civil society organizations, yesterday sent a joint letter to Ethiopia's prime minister-designate, Abiy Ahmed, urging him to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of recently arrested journalists, and human rights defenders....

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Ethiopia arrests at least five journalists during state of emergency

March 26, 2018 4:10 PM ET

Nairobi, March 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ethiopian authorities to release five journalists. Security forces yesterday arrested Eskinder Nega, Temesghen Desalegn, Zone 9 bloggers Befekadu Hailu and Mahlet Fantahun, and Zelalem Workagegnehu, who were gathered...

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CPJ calls on Ethiopia to drop case against Zone 9 blogger

February 16, 2018 12:57 PM ET

Nairobi, February 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ethiopian authorities to drop an incitement charge against Zone 9 blogger Atnafu Berhane. Prosecutors told a court on February 14 they planned to drop the charge today, but...

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Why release of two journalists in Ethiopia does not signal end to press crackdown

January 25, 2018 4:08 PM ET

On January 10, radio journalists Darsema Sori and Khalid Mohammed were released from prison after serving lengthy sentences related to their work at the Ethiopian faith-based station Radio Bilal. Despite their release and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's promise earlier...

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Ethiopian newspaper editor, bloggers caught in worsening crackdown

November 16, 2016 11:54 PM ET

Nairobi, November 17, 2016--Ethiopia should immediately release all journalists detained amid an intensifying crackdown on the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In recent weeks, Ethiopian authorities have jailed a newspaper editor and detained two members of...

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Ethiopia arrests second journalist in a week, summons Zone 9 bloggers

December 27, 2015 11:21 AM ET

Nairobi, December 27, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Ethiopia to release the editor-in-chief of Negere Ethiopia online newspaper, Getachew Shiferaw, who was arrested on Friday, according to news reports....

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In Ethiopia, Zone 9 bloggers acquitted of terrorism charges

October 16, 2015 9:46 AM ET

Nairobi, October 16, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the acquittal by an Ethiopian court today of four Zone 9 bloggers charged with terrorism. Abel Wabella, Atnaf Berhane, and Natnail Feleke, jailed since April 2014, are scheduled to be released...

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Ethiopia releases five journalists, drops all charges against them

July 8, 2015 4:39 PM ET

Nairobi, July 8, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison today of two bloggers affiliated with the independent Ethiopian collective Zone 9 and three other journalists. All charges have been dropped against them, according to exiled Ethiopian...

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