Ethiopia Seeks to Stifle Debate with Arrests of Journalists | Freedom House

Ethiopia Seeks to Stifle Debate with Arrests of Journalists

Washington

In response to the Ethiopian government’s arrest of six members of an independent blogging group and three journalists on April 25-26, Freedom House released the following statement:

“Ethiopia’s arrests of journalists are a chilling example of the government’s efforts to silence alternative voices and dissent,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs at Freedom House. “These independent voices have worked responsibly to give important social and political issues serious consideration.”

“Freedom House urges Secretary of State John Kerry to use his forthcoming trip to Ethiopia to ask the government to dismiss these charges if evidence is insufficient,” Petrovic said, “and to provide the accused with immediate access to legal representation and family members.”

Ethiopia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2013 and Freedom on the Net 2013.

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Freedom in the World 2013: Ethiopia
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Freedom on the Net 2013: Ethiopia
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