Dec 8, 2022

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Analysis: CPJ says ‘Ethiopia biggest setback for media freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa’; Two journalists shot dead, a dozen remain behind bars in 2021

– In its report on the global status of press freedom of 2021, the Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Ethiopia as one of the worst prison inmates of journalists in sub-Saharan Africa after Eritrea. The report released today found that one journalist was killed in Ethiopia in 2021 and nine are in prison.

In an earlier report published yesterday that focused on Ethiopia, the CPJ also notes that the suspension of Addis Standard in July 2021 , attacks and intimidation of media representatives, the expulsion of at least one foreign journalist for war coverage and an internet malfunction among the setbacks for the media .

It should be remembered that in 2019, following the reforms promised and implemented by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia will rank itself as against the 150th in 180 countries and regions according to the degree of media freedom. Ethiopia now ranks 101st in the annual ranking.

The CPJ said that since the war began in Tigray a year ago, when nine reporters were still detained, numerous journalists have been arrested in the country Detention on December 1st. “Six people were arrested in November when the conflict escalated and the government passed tough emergency laws. CPJ documented several other press freedom violations during the year, “the report reads.

Addis Standard tracked and documented press freedom violations throughout the year, including the murder of Oromia Broadcasting Networks (OBN), Sisay Fida and Dawit Kebede of Tigray TV; and the arrest and subsequent release of Tesfalem Woldyes, a prominent independent journalist with two decades of journalism experience and founder of Ethiopia Insider, a private online Amharic-language news agency and many more.

The investigations by Addis Standard show that eleven journalists are behind bars in Ethiopia.

is a Journalist who works for Kenya’s Nation Media Group as a correspondent in Addis Ababa. He was arrested in Addis Ababa on October 31, 2021.

is a radio journalist who works for a private radio station. He was arrested at his place of residence two weeks ago in Addis Ababa by the Addis Ababa Police Commission.

is a journalist who works for Ahadu Radio as head of news. He was arrested from his office by Addis Ababa police on October 22, 2021. On November 16, 2021, the Arada Supreme Court ordered his release for 15,000 ETB, but he remains in prison.

is a journalist who works for the Oromia Media Network (OMN). He was arrested in Addis Ababa on November 21, 2021.

The Oromia Media Network (OMN) news director, along with senior politicians and senior members of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), was Jawar Mohammed, Bekele. Gerba, Hamza Adane and Dejene Tafa charged with terrorism.

Journalists who work for the Oromia News Network (ONN) were arrested in Addis Ababa on November 19, 2021.

Are Journalists who work for the. The first private television station in Somali is operating in Ethiopia, Nabad TV. All four were arrested on November 10, 2021 in Jigjiga, the capital of the Somali regional state.

is a journalist who works for a private media company. He was arrested in Bahir Dar, capital of the Amhara region, in September 2021.