New wave of attack on the free press

awrambanewspaper6_s.jpgEMF (4 August 2008) Editor in chief of Addis Neger Amharic, Mr. Mesfin Negash has been arrested today at the notorious 3rd quarter police station in Addis Ababa, Awramba Times reported.

Such news is not a surprise in Ethiopia as Zenawi is Africa’s Biggest Jailer of Journalists. After the regime has narrowed the political space in Ethiopia following the 2005 crack down on the free press, Addis Neger was one of the popular newspapers for critical writings. [Picture (Enlarge): one of the popular amharic news paper, Awramba Times is under serious threat by Meles Zenawi regime]Journalist Mesfin was arrested apparently because of his report concerning the unfairness of the judicial process on the Ethiopian pop star Teddy Afro, who is in jail allegedly for a hit-and-run accusation. Mesfin was summoned on monday morning togather with his vice editor, Girma Tesfaw.

On 30 May 2008, Journalists Mesfin Negash was taken to central investigation bureau together with his editor Girma Tesfaw and a female reporter Tsion Aklilu. They were released on bail after a sever warning from the police to sensor themselves before writing any critical reports.

According to inside sources, Meles Zenawi’s minister of justice has warned all editors and publishers of the private press not to publish any thing about opposition which wage “violence” against the regime. The ministry will have a contact person in each printing press to monitor such reports and stop the publication when the new press law is implemented soon.

In it’s today’s issue, Awramba times has also reported that news concerning the newly formed Ginbot 7 movement for justice and democracy is forbidden by the ministry. “A 30 page document of charge is circulated to prosecutors accusing journalists who have been publishing about civil disobediences,” the paper reported.

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