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Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Former Ethiopian state radio journalist released

Abdulsemed Mohammed (Courtesy Abdulsemed)

Nairobi, July 11, 2012--A veteran Ethiopian state journalist who was twice imprisoned on vague corruption and copyright charges and recently convicted on the lesser charge was released today on account of a reduced sentence, local journalists said.

A panel of judges at the Lideta Federal High Court in the capital, Addis Ababa, sentenced Abdulsemed Mohammed, a former senior producer with government-controlled broadcaster Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA), to three and half years in prison but said he could go free on account of time already served. The judges also put Abdulsemed on probation for two years, the local journalists said.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Two Ethiopian journalists released on bail after 15 months

Mohammed and Worku

New York, July 25, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Thursday's ruling in Ethiopia to release on bail two journalists imprisoned on pre-trial detention for the last 15 months on vague criminal charges.

Attacks on the Press   |   Ethiopia

Attacks on the Press 2010: Ethiopia

Top Developments
• Editor Dawit Kebede honored with International Press Freedom Award.
• Authorities jail critical journalists, jam VOA Amharic broadcasts.

Key Statistic
7: Hours that two newspaper editors were interrogated as Zenawi gave speech on freedom of choice.


The ruling Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front, or EPRDF, imprisoned journalists, jammed foreign broadcasters, and blocked websites as it swept general elections in May. The government-controlled National Electoral Board declared the EPRDF-led coalition of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in power since 1991, the winner in all but two of 547 contested parliamentary seats, prompting opposition allegations of voter intimidation and ballot-rigging, as well as U.S. and European Union criticism. Zenawi won another five-year term as his government dismissed criticism of the vote as a smear campaign. Opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa was kept in prison until October.

February 15, 2011 12:35 AM ET

  |   Afrique, Attaques contre la presse, Éthiopie

Attaques contre la presse en 2010: L'Éthiopie

Principaux Développements
• Le Prix international pour la liberté de la presse décerné au journaliste Dawit Kebede.
• Les autorités emprisonnent les journalistes indépendants, brouillent les émissions en langue amharique de la Voix de l'Amérique.

Statistique Cle
Des journalistes interrogés pendant 7 heures tandis que le Premier ministre prononçait un discours sur la liberté de choisir.


Le Front démocratique révolutionnaire du peuple éthiopien (EPRDF, au pouvoir) a emprisonné des journalistes, brouillé les signaux de chaînes étrangères et bloqué des sites Web, tout en remportant une écrasante majorité parlementaire durant les élections générales en mai. La Commission électorale nationale, contrôlée par le gouvernement, a déclaré que la coalition dirigée par l'EPRDF du Premier ministre Meles Zenawi, au pouvoir depuis 1991, a ainsi remporté 545 des 547 sièges au Parlement. L'opposition a contesté ces résultats en dénonçant l'intimidation des électeurs et la fraude électorale. Le scrutin a également été critiqué par les États-Unis et l'Union européenne. Zenawi, qui a peu fait cas de ces critiques qu'il a qualifié de campagne de dénigrement, a ainsi été reconduit pour un nouveau mandat de cinq ans. Quant à la chef de fil de l'opposition, Birtukan Mideksa, elle a été maintenue en prison jusqu'en octobre.

15 février 2011 0h35 ET

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Two Ethiopian state TV journalists under arrest

New York, April 30, 2010In light of the Ethiopian government’s longstanding practice of jailing journalists on trumped-up criminal charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detentions last week of two government TV journalists on allegations of misusing state property. CPJ is monitoring the legal proceedings closely.

April 30, 2010 1:22 PM ET

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