New York, June 23, 2011--Ethiopian authorities have been holding a newspaper columnist incommunicado
since Tuesday, local journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Reeyot
Alemu, a regular contributor to the independent weekly Feteh, was expected to spend the next four weeks in preventive
detention under what appears to be Ethiopia's sweeping anti-terrorism
Alemu, at left, is the second journalist picked up and held without charge in less than a week and taken into custody at the federal investigation center at Maekelawi Prison in the capital, Addis Ababa. Deputy Editor Woubshet Taye
of the weekly Awramba Times
has been held since Sunday,
according to CPJ research.