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Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopia sentences Eskinder, 5 others on terror charges

From left: Eskinder, Abebe Gellaw, Mesfin, Abiye, Fasil, and Abebe Belew.

Nairobi, July 13, 2012--An Ethiopian court today handed down heavy prison sentences to six journalists convicted on vague terrorism charges, local journalists and news reports said. Award-winning blogger Eskinder Nega got an 18-year term; the others live in exile and were sentenced in absentia.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Eskinder Nega, 5 exiled journalists convicted of terrorism

From left: Eskinder, Abebe Gellaw, Mesfin, Abiye, Fasil, and Abebe Belew.

Nairobi, June 27, 2012--Today's conviction of six Ethiopian journalists on vague terrorism charges is an affront to the rule of law and the constitution in the Horn of Africa country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least 11 journalists have been charged with terrorism since November 2011, according to CPJ research.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Judge confirms charges against Ethiopian dissident blogger

From left: Nega, Gellaw, Negash, Teklemariam, Yenealem, and Belew. (CPJ)

New York, January 25, 2012--Jailed Ethiopian dissident blogger Eskinder Nega will stand trial in March for all of the terrorism accusations initially advanced by prosecutors, a federal high court judge ruled yesterday, local sources said. If convicted on all charges, he could face the death penalty. 

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopia charges six journalists with terrorism

From left: Nega, Gellaw, Negash, Teklemariam, Yenealem, and Belew. (CPJ)

New York, November 11, 2011--A judge in Ethiopia's federal high court charged six journalists with terrorism on Thursday under the country's antiterrorism law, bringing the number of journalists charged under the statute since June to 10, CPJ research found. 

  |   Afrique, Attaques contre la presse, Éthiopie

Attaques contre la presse en 2009: Éthiopie

Principaux développements
• La loi anti-terroriste pénalise la couverture de sujets sensibles.
• L'organe de régulation agit en censeur au service du gouvernement.

Statistique clé
4: journalistes emprisonnés en date du 1er décembre 2009.

16 février 2010 0h45 ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Ethiopia

Attacks on the Press 2009: Ethiopia

Top Developments
• Terrorism law criminalizes coverage of sensitive topics.
• Broadcasting Authority serves as government censor.

Key Statistic
4: Journalists jailed as of December 1, 2009.


Ahead of national elections scheduled for May 2010, the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) further curtailed the limited freedom of the country’s small number of independent newspapers. The government enacted harsh legislation that criminalized coverage of vaguely defined “terrorist” activities, and used administrative restrictions, criminal prosecutions, and imprisonments to induce self-censorship. In all, four reporters and editors were being held when CPJ conducted its annual census of imprisoned journalists on December 1.

February 16, 2010 12:37 AM ET

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Journalists in prison in 2007

CPJ: One in 6 jailed journalists held without charge Census shows an overall decline; China remains the leading jailer

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopian government pardons four journalists, revives genocide charges against others

New York, July 24, 2007— Authorities in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa released on conditional pardon last week four journalists who accepted responsibility for deadly post-election unrest in 2005, according to local journalists and news reports. The four were among 38 activists who were pardoned last week. At the same time, the government is attempting to revive genocide charges against nine other journalists. Those charges had been rejected by Ethiopia’s High Court in April.

July 24, 2007 12:00 PM ET

  |   Afrique, Communiqués, Éthiopie

La Haute cour fédérale éthiopienne acquitte huit journalistes poursuivis pour crimes contre l'État.

New York, le 9 avril 2007—La Haute cour fédérale Éthiopienne a aujourd’hui acquitté et ordonné la libération de huit rédacteurs et éditeurs de journaux de langue amharique qui avaient été emprisonnés pour crimes contre l’État depuis une  répression gouvernementale de grande échelle en novembre 2005, ont dit la presse et les journalistes locaux.
9 avril 2007 12h00 ET

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopian High Court acquits eight journalists on antistate crimes

New York, April 9, 2007-Ethiopia's High Court today acquitted and set free eight editors and publishers of Amharic-language newspapers who have been jailed on antistate charges since a massive November 2005 government crackdown, according to local journalists and media reports.

April 9, 2007 12:00 PM ET

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