Fury after Ethiopia journos jailed for terrorism

ethiopia-journosFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – MEDIA rights groups have condemned the jailing of two Ethiopian journalists on charges of terrorism.
Khalid Mohamed and Darsema Sori of the faith-based station Radio Bilal have been sentenced to prison terms of over five years and four years respectively for “inciting extremist ideology and planning to overthrow the government through their coverage of Muslim protests about government interference in religious affairs.”
Demonstrators have largely turned violent as civilians demand political reforms, end to rights abuses and government land seizures.
Mohamed, the news editor, and Sori, a senior editor, were convicted alongside 18 other defendants under Ethiopia’s 2009 anti-terrorism law.
Separately, an Ethiopian court denied bail to Getachew Shiferaw, the editor-in-chief of an online newspaper who has been in prison since December 2015.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said the sentences were the latest evidence of the government’s hostility to free expression and the right of journalists to do their jobs without fear of censorship or arrest.
“Mohamed and Sori are journalists, not terrorists. They should be freed immediately,” CPJ’s Africa coordinator, Angela Quintal, said.
According to CPJ, Ethiopia is among the top five worst jailers of journalists worldwide.

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