The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on Sunday said that courts should protect the rights and freedoms of individuals who are illegally detained.
In an explainer that the rights groups published on its website, it reflected on why the arrest of journalists is illegal.
It said that the law does not allow pre-trial detention over alleged crimes in the media.
The press law in the country provides special protection and does prohibit pre-trial detention, it argued.
Suspects, in relation to offences to the media law in the country, are not supposed to be held for extended pre-trial detention, and the charge should be filed through the prosecutor directly, according to EHRC which cited sections 86 subsections 1 of the media law.
Journalists are not supposed to be behind bars on grounds of carrying out an investigation, and courts are supposed to protect the rights of those detained unlawfully.
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