New York, June 27,2012-The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) strongly condemnstoday’s conviction of Ethiopian blogger Eskinder Nega on alleged terrorism charges.
“The Ethiopiangovernment has once again succeeded in misusing the law to silence critical andindependent reporting,” said CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita. “Thecharges against Eskinder are baseless and politically-motivated in reprisal for hiswritings. Hisconviction reiterates that Ethiopia will not hesitate to punish a probing pressby imprisoning journalists or pushing them into exile.”
Police arrested Eskinder in September 2011 directly after publishing an online article that questionedarrests under the country’s sweeping anti-terror legislation. Eskinder is among 11 independentjournalists and bloggers that the government of Ethiopia has charged withterrorism since 2011.
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