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Ethiopian bloggers on trial in case seen as crackdown on free expression

21 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Simona Foltyn

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — They met online in 2010 while raising money for a charity case: nine young university-educated Ethio­pian professionals. Eventually, they decided to launch a blog about social and civic issues in Africa’s second-most-populous nation.
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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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Myanmar wakes up to new day of press freedom: What else does it lose save half century-old repression and fears?

1 Apr
Myanmar kiosk flooded with fresh privately owned newspapers (Courtesy: Huff post)

Myanmar kiosk flooded with fresh privately owned newspapers (Courtesy: Huff post)

by Aye Ayewin

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — For most people in Myanmar, it will be a novelty when privately run daily newspapers hit the streets on Monday. Many weren’t even born when the late dictator Ne Win imposed a state monopoly on the daily press in the 1960s.
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Is Egypt’s President Morsi a Mubarak-in-the-making?

26 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

In an article appearing on the 24th April issue of the Global Post Mohamed Morsi vs. Egypt’s Press, Erin Cunningham expressed the concern whether Egypt’s new president is “taking a page from Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s old strongman.”
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