May 16, 2013
Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) reported that Ferew Abebe editor of Sendek, a weekly Amharic newspaper, was questioned by security officers in the intelligence unit.
The report indicated that the editor was questioned in relation to story Sendek newspaper publishes back on October 10, 2012. The story that caused the interrogation is said to be related to Azeb Mesfin, widow of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
The editor was, apparently, pressed hard to disclose sources for the report that Azeb Mesfin was defiant to leave the palace after the appointment of Hailemariam Desalenge months after the death of Meles Zenawi.
Ferew is said to have refused to give to the forceful demands of the intelligence and investigation unit citing legal and constitutional rights not to disclose sources. CPJ report indicate that the writer was released on a bond of 5000 Ethiopian Birr.
The Ethiopian government is known for abusing the rights of journalists. In recent years, the attack on journalism and freedom of expression took a “legal” form and many are charged with “terrorism”
To read CPJ full report click here
Report of the editor’s temporary arrest and interrogation could give a clue as to who the power players are within the TPLF circles, among other things.
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