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Ethiopian authorities charge nine journalists with terrorism
Nairobi, July 17, 2014--An Ethiopian court charged nine Ethiopian journalists arrested in April with inciting violence and terrorism, according to local journalists and news reports. The nine arrested include six bloggers from an independent collective called Zone 9, which publishes critical news and commentary.
"Expressing critical views is not a terrorist act. Once again, the Ethiopian government is misusing anti-terrorism legislation to suppress political dissent and intimidate journalists," said CPJ East Africa Representative Tom Rhodes. "We call on Ethiopian authorities to release all journalists who have been imprisoned for doing their jobs."
On April 25 and 26, authorities arrested the nine journalists--editor Asmamaw Hailegeorgis, freelancers Tesfalem Waldyes and Edom Kassaye, and bloggers Abel Wabella, Atnaf Berhane, Mahlet Fantahun, Natnail Feleke, Zelalem Kibret, and Befekadu Hailu--and accused them of working with foreign human rights groups and using social media to create instability in the country. Authorities have held the journalists for more than 80 days without charge, beyond the maximum period allowed under the terrorism law, according to news reports. Since 2009, when the anti-terror law was implemented, the Ethiopian government has used the sweeping legislation to imprison more than a dozen critical journalists, according to CPJ research.
Who do you think you are? You don’t have either authority or moral ground to request the government to release the accused people. This is Ethiopian problem that needs to be addressed by Ethiopians. We all know what you up to. The objective of the Lords of Poverty - CPJ, Human Rights Watch, Amensty International, Friends of Turkana, Oakland Institute, International Rivers, and most NGO disguised as humanitarian and civic agencies is to revive slavery and colonialism in the 21st century. You don’t really care about these 9 poor citizens of the country. You are trying to use them for you cheap propaganda and achieve your hidden agenda.
Hands off from Ethiopia and its people. We all Ethiopians know that there is a problem. However, we don’t solicite help from groups with covert agenda.
Sound good so many terrorist connected individual try as journalist to destabilize and dismantle this nation like the others country in the name of bogus democracy. It’s about time to rethink and change the negative attitude toward Ethiopia. G7 and it’s supporters are perfect examples how define anti Ethiopia hostile element.
Why does CPJ call the bloggers journalists? Is there any hidden agenda behind it? maybe CPJ is trying to legitimize it’s cause by presenting itself as advocate of thousands. Numbers matter of course. These bloggers were caught in their copycat mission of instigating violence and chaos arab spring style. Not for expression of opinions as you’re trying to portray.
CPJ, you’re in the wrong place, barking on the wrong tree!
Here we are the weyannes oxfam made govt. Accusing every journalist who exposed their dirty work. The real terrorist are these worthless woyanne Leba who are terrorising every single individual who speak of freedom.
The weyannes baboon court full of DeDeb are now arresting and accusing every one who tell truth.
The above weyann cadres are the first to comment here. Paid cyber cadres.
GO YO HELL, YOU ARE AGENT OF SOME ONE LIKE THose FACKE ETHIOOIANS journalists or blogers WHO WANT ETHIOPIANS POOR.
No one is explaining why these baboons claim they won 99.6% of the vote of the last election, yet they send journalists for “calling violence"? who are they afraid of raising against them? the remaining 0.04%?
Addis Kizen, I would be very much worried. These baboons are acting like a mad dog. They are sending arm less kid journalists to jail, paid millions to Yemeni forces to catch Andargachew….. They are acting paranoid and we are taking comfort thinking the end is near just judging by their action. Is there a way you can tell us your real name (of course if it is not Hadush Hagos) so that we can send you flower when we return from Woyane’s funeral?
Here are Ye woyane junta cadre they came out to defence there master . Like addiszemen yesew koda you need to shut the f….. UP you always the first cadre to comment ….arrogant Mene aynet enat nech anten yewoledech Ye wonde aras
When are you people publish gibberish stories sitting on your ass and wispy on your hand and produce your lazy ass story.. I challenge you to go to Addis and observe newspaper stands and view what is being published and being read. It will blow you away the freedom the opposition publish and being read.
By the way read the opposition newspapers and compare the integrity of their sense of journalism with what we consider to objective. The protection of journalism does not mean people have the freedom to go to a theater and screen “fire". No way. You cam keep that for your self.
justice is serving !!! braaavoaaa!!!!!!!!
is that CPJ sister company of other NGOs’ do inject elements in different ways?
Senait wo is Dedeb? you or weyene? Senait you have big ear but youcan’t hear beyond three meters, you have a big eyes but you can’t see beyond three meters, you have a big skull but you can’t think beyond your nose. your a real jack ass like your forefathers!
What people must know is , this government have eyes and ears everywhere. if they hire some lazy good for nothing individuals to comment on everything that is written about the government , that shows something. The time will come when the tide will turn and we will see where This supporters will do and face.
If you have nothing to hide and you have no garbage, you should have nothing to worry about ; every journalist can say whatever he/she like.
I hate this government ! out of ten individuals in any office , almost 5 or more top management are ignorant,paper only Tigray born individuals with zero knowledge.
Only time will tell … but when the time comes i would not want to be from TIGRAY!
I do not have to be cadre to comment against the above presentation. I have an obligation as a citizen to the well being of Ethiopia.
CPJ You do not have any right to criticize the Ethiopian Government. Please refrain from your unwanted involvement to create trouble in Ethiopia. As a sensitive matter any journalist who does not feel responsible for his job performance and who tried to create chaos and violence in the country should be punished.
CPJ= BE SENSIBLE WE ALL WATCHING.
These idiots are brainwashed by western media and anti Africa organisations like Human right watch and are trying to copy the worst form of western journalism. They need re-education to learn only the old fashion TRUE JOURNALISM. If they want to copy the worst form of western journalism they deserve to go to jail like what Egypt rightly did to those Aljazeera journalists.
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