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3 August 2012 | Ethiopia

Appeal court reduces sentence of Reeyot Alemu

Reeyot, a columnist for the independent weekly Feteh, was sentenced in January and fined 33,000 birrs (US$1,500) under Ethiopia's sweeping anti-terrorism law.
24 July 2012 | Ethiopia

Weekly blocked for reporting on Meles' health

The government ordered that 30,000 copies of Feteh newspaper be blocked for national security reasons after the paper reported that the prime minister had been hospitalised in Brussels.
13 July 2012 | Ethiopia

Former state radio journalist released

A panel of judges sentenced Abdulsemed Mohammed to three and half years in prison but said he could go free owing to time already served.
13 July 2012 | Ethiopia

Eskinder Nega sentenced to 18 years in jail

Five other journalists were sentenced in absentia on terrorism charges and were given sentences ranging from 15 years to life imprisonment.
18 June 2012 | Ethiopia

New law criminalises independent telecom use

The law imposes prison sentences for offences related to the independent use of telecommunications tools and services, according to local journalists.
11 June 2012 | Ethiopia

Government steps up censorship, digital surveillance

The country's only ISP has installed a system for blocking access to the Tor network, which lets users browse anonymously and access blocked sites.
28 May 2012 | Ethiopia

Police detain VOA reporter, interpreter

Heinlein and Simegnish are reportedly being held at Maekelawi federal detention center in the capital, Addis Ababa.
26 April 2012 | Ethiopia

Leading weekly's website blocked for past six days

"Website blocking is not new in Ethiopia, but a leading independent newspaper's site has never previously been affected," RSF noted.
29 March 2012 | Ethiopia

Journalist Eskinder Nega defends himself in court

IPI again condemns terrorism charges against journalists.
28 February 2012 | Ethiopia

Future of last remaining human rights monitoring NGO in the balance

Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and Human Rights Watch call upon the Supreme Court to protect the rights of all human rights organisations to conduct their legitimate and essential work, including through unrestricted access to their funds.
26 January 2012 | Ethiopia

Blogger risks death penalty as judge confirms charges

Eskinder Nega will stand trial in March for all of the terrorism accusations initially advanced by prosecutors, a federal high court judge ruled.
26 January 2012 | Ethiopia

CORRECTION: Death penalty for blogger, prison for journalists

The three journalists were charged in September with lending support to an underground network of banned opposition groups, which has been criminalized under the country's 2009 antiterrorism law.
20 January 2012 | Ethiopia

Journalists convicted under anti-terror legislation

Reyot Alemu, Wubshet Taye, and Elias Kifle could face the death penalty for calling for protest against the government in their writings.
27 December 2011 | Ethiopia

IFJ condemns jail term handed down to Swedish journalists

Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were both sentenced to 11 years in jail after a court last week convicted them of entering the country illegally and supporting terrorism.
21 December 2011 | Ethiopia

Two Swedish journalists found guilty of "supporting terrorism", face 15 years in jail

WiPC has serious concerns about the fairness of the trial, which has seen political interference in the proceedings and the use of fabricated evidence.
22 November 2011 | Ethiopia

Dawit Kebede joins country's exiled journalists

The managing editor of "Awramba Times" was forced to leave the country after he received a tip about alleged government plans to re-imprison him.
14 November 2011 | Ethiopia

Authorities charge six journalists with terrorism

Two of the journalists, Eskinder Nega and Fasil Yenealem, were imprisoned on anti-state charges for coverage critical of the government's brutal repression of pro-democracy protests following the disputed 2005 election.
3 November 2011 | Ethiopia

Court drops one of three charges against Swedish journalists

An Addis Ababa court has dropped a charge of "participating in terrorist activity" against Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye of the Kontinent news agency; the journalists continue to be tried on charges of "supporting a terrorist group" and "entering Ethiopia illegally".
19 September 2011 | Ethiopia

Authorities detain two more journalists on vague terrorism accusations

Shortly after Sileshi Hagos and Eskinder Nega were arrested, state television portrayed them as "spies for foreign forces" and accused them of harboring links with the banned political group Ginbot 7.
15 September 2011 | Ethiopia

Journalist identified in WikiLeaks cable flees country

Argaw Ashine fled after police interrogated him and gave him 24 hours to reveal the identity of his government source or else face "unspecified consequences."


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