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Ethiopia Detains Western Journalists Covering Oromo Protests

journalists Jacey Fortin and William Davison
Ethiopian authorities arbitrarily detained Bloomberg correspondent William Davison, freelance journalist Jacey Fortin and their Ethiopian translator for 24 hours while reporting on the human rights violations and protests in Oromia.

By Conor Gaffey | for NewsWeek,

Press freedom in Ethiopia is dwindling in light of recent anti-government protests and the severe drought in the Horn of Africa state, according to a journalists’ association.

Two journalists and a translator were arbitrarily detained for 24 hours on Thursday when reporting on the protests in Oromia, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa (FCAEA) on Monday. Bloomberg correspondent William Davison and freelance journalist Jacey Fortin, along with their translator, were not given any reason for their detention. Their phones and identification cards were taken during the arrest. Continue reading Ethiopia Detains Western Journalists Covering Oromo Protests

Washington Post Denounces Wendy Sherman’s Irresponsible Praise of Ethiopia’s Regime

If Wendy Sherman were allowed to call a regime that has continued to choke off the media, hamper the participation of opposition parties and silence its critics as a “Democracy”, then what is “Democracy”?

By Washington Post (Editorial),

ETHIOPIA’S election scheduled for May 24, are shaping up to be anything but democratic. A country that has often been held up as a poster child for development has been stifling civic freedoms and systematically cracking down on independent journalism for several years.

It was consequently startling to hear the State Department’s undersecretary of state for political affairs, Wendy Sherman, declare during a visit to Addis Ababa on April 16 that “Ethiopia is a democracy that is moving forward in an election that we expect to be free, fair and credible.” The ensuing backlash from Ethiopians and human rights advocates was deserved. Continue reading Washington Post Denounces Wendy Sherman’s Irresponsible Praise of Ethiopia’s Regime