CPJ calls on Ethiopian government to release imprisoned journalists
CPJ is among a group of more than 40 regional and international press freedom and civil society organizations that have signed a joint letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn expressing concern over the recent imprisonment of Ethiopian journalists under the country's far-reaching 2009 anti-terrorism law.
In April, Ethiopian authorities arrested six bloggers--Abel Wabella, Atnaf Berhane, Mahlet Fantahun, Natnail Feleke, Zelalem Kibret, and Befekadu Hailu--and three independent journalists--Asmamaw Hailegiorgis, Tesfalem Waldyes, and Edom Kassaye, according to news reports. In July, they were charged with inciting violence and terrorism. A 10th blogger, Soleyana Gebremicheal, was also charged in absentia, according to news reports. The bloggers are part of an independent collective called Zone 9, which publishes critical news and commentary.
These are the latest in a string of arrests of journalists under Ethiopia's widely criticized 2009 anti-terrorism legislation, the letter says. International bodies such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention have found that the legislation contravenes Ethiopia's obligations under international law.
The letter calls on the Ethiopian government to release all journalists and bloggers imprisoned under the 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation and to revise the legislation to comply with regional and international human rights standards.
Read the letter here.
Ethiopia: Arsenal manager Wenger On Gedion Zelalem
On Saturday night in Harrison, N.J., Arsenal will take on former star player Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls in a friendly. Unlike other English Premier League teams like Manchester United and Manchester City, who are going to be playing a number of preseason games on American soil, Arsenal is here for one game and one game only.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis (formerly the deputy commissioner of Major League Soccer) were in Hoboken, N.J., on Thursday to speak at the Emirates Business Breakfast, and took some time afterward to speak exclusively to SI.com about the upcoming season and all things Arsenal:
SI: Let's get this one out of the way for American fans. We've heard a lot about Gedion Zelalem. We've seen bits of him on YouTube. He is eligible to play for the United States national team if he acquires citizenship. And he's on your roster for the game on Saturday night against the New York Red Bulls. What can you tell us about him?
Police in Canada investigate disappearance of Sidamo Coffee shop owner
GUELPH — Guelph Police are asking the public for more information about the disappearance of a prominent member of the city's Ethiopian community.
Seble (Mimi) Dietrich, 39, was last seen leaving her home on Vancouver Drive sometime between 12 p.m. on July 10 and 6 p.m. on July 11.
She was seen driving in her 1999 red Mercedes SLK, which was later found near Sidamo Coffee, a coffee shop she runs downtown.
Ethiopia's Addis Ababa University on Thursday conferred Microsoft founder, Bill Gates with an honorary degree in recognition for his role to humanity
Source: Africa Report
"It is a special honour to receive an honorary degree from Addis Ababa University," Gates said, after receiving the degree from the university.
"This is one of the leading institutions of higher learning in Africa – a continent whose future has been a central interest of my career ever since my wife and I began our foundation nearly 15 years ago."
His speech at Addis Ababa University marks 20 years since he first set foot on Africa, which inspired the establishment of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Addressing students at the university, Gates said: "Africa is now in an incredible position to shape its own destiny for the better, for one very simple and powerful reason: the countries of Africa are learning from each other".
He acknowledged the development gains made through foreign governments, international aid, and non-profit organisations, such as his organisation towards developing the continent.
"The real fuel for development will be the resources of African nations themselves - whether that's in the form of government funding, private-sector investment, or just plain human creativity at all levels of society," Gates continued.
"This is where the idea of 'African countries learning from each other' becomes so important. If you want to spend your national budgets as effectively as possible, there is now a clear path for doing exactly that - and Africans themselves are defining that path, for others to follow if they choose."
Gates, the world's richest man, also heaped praise on Liberia, Malawi, and Tanzania, for the great progress made in reducing child mortality rates, but acknowledged that there is still a long way to go before Africa reaches its full potential.
"There is no path to lasting growth within Africa that is not widespread growth. It's not possible. If Africa seeks prosperity, it must provide for the health and nutrition of all - including the poorest," he said.
After stepping down as Microsoft chairman, Gates has directed his focus to his foundation's efforts to tackle health issues in Africa.
In recent efforts to eradicate polio, he secured $335 million in pledges from six fellow billionaires – including $100 million each from Mexico's Carlos Slim and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
He has also been credited for getting other wealthy personalities involved with philanthropy.
According to Forbes, Gates and Warren Buffett have so far convinced more than 100 of the super-rich to sign on to the Giving Pledge, a promise to donate at least half their net worth to charity.
Egypt set to play Ethiopia friendly in August
Source: Al Ahram
The Pharaohs will square off against Ethiopia in preparation for September's Senegal and Tunisia Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) under the leadership of Gamal Allam has reached an agreement with its Ethiopian counterpart to play a friendly in early August, domestic reports claimed on Thursday.
The two Nile Basin teams are currently preparing for the qualifiers of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) set to take place in Morocco.
The Pharaohs, currently under the helm of coach Shawky Gharib, have done well at the CAN, winning three times in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Now they are bidding for a return after missing the last two editions in 2012 and 2013. They'll kick off their bid with an away clash against Senegal on 6 September, four days before they take on Tunisia.
They are set to play two friendlies, with Ethiopia likely the first.
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