Lengthy jail terms for Ethiopia government critics

Ethiopia’s Federal High Court has found prominent journalist, Getachew Shiferaw

Ethiopia’s Federal High Court has found prominent journalist, Getachew Shiferaw

From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – ETHIOPIAN courts are accused of misusing the criminal justice system to silence dissent against government .
The accusation comes in the wake of a series of unfavourable rulings against government critics.
In the latest such incident, Ethiopia’s Federal High Court has found prominent journalist, Getachew Shiferaw, guilty of “provocation of revolt.”
He faces a maximum of ten years in jail.
This follows his newspaper’s coverage of the anti-government protests where state security forces are accused of killing hundreds of demonstrators.
Getachew (33) was editor-in-chief of an online newspaper linked to the opposition Semayawi (Blue Party).
Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director, said the ruling is a further slap in the face for justice in Ethiopia and proof of the authorities’ continued willingness, despite its stated commitment to reform.
“Getachew did nothing but share publicly-available information. To convict him of provoking revolt with the risk of a 10-year jail term, away from his loved ones, is cruel and unacceptable.”
Last week, the same court convicted former Blue Party spokesman Yonatan Tesfaye of “encouragement of terrorism” for comments made on Facebook.
He faces up to 20 years in jail.
CAJ News

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