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Ethiopia adds another journalist to its prison population for covering evictions around Renaissance Dam

31 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Statement by CPJ

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 Journalists said today that the case highlights authorities’ disregard for the rule of law and its systematic efforts to suppress news critical of government officials.
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UPDATE: journalist arrested over Azeb Mesfin’s palace debacle

16 May

Posted by – The Ethiopia Observatory

by Marthe van der Wolf, Ethiopian Journalist Arrested Over Article About Former PM’s Wife

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — An Ethiopian journalist has been arrested and interrogated for writing an article about the wife of late prime minister Meles Zenawi. Wednesday’s arrest came as a surprise since the article was published seven months ago.
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