Two Journalists Imprisoned – Eskinder Nega (Addis Ababa)

August 24th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

The federal high court sentenced two journalists to imprisonment for ‘‘dissemination of false stories”.

The editor of Sefe Nebelbal,Asrat Wedajo and editor of Selifya,Ibrahim, were convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment each on Monday by the tenth bench of the federal high court.

Sefe Nebelbal was one of the thirteen papers that were closed down in late 2005, this conviction is for a story that run almost five years ago. The paper was the most popular Oromo centric newspaper at the time of its illegal closure by the government. The Oromos are Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group.

Selefya is an Islamic paper reputed for its advocacy of strict adherence to Koranic principles. It is still in print.

The court turned down a request by the defendants for penalty by monetary fine as opposed to imprisonment.

  1. Alex
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    WHAT MELES DID FIREST HE BRING ANTI TERRER LOW AND NOW HE BRINGS THE PPL HE DO NOT LIKE IN PRISON BY THE NAME OF TERRER. AND TOMMORO HE WILL BRING ALL POLETIOAN IN PERISON. WHAT WE WAIT NOW. ALL WE ARE HODAM WE DID NOT THINK ABOUT OUR BELOVED CUNTRY ETHIOPIA BUT ONLY SELFISH WE ARE. MELES ALWEYES LIER BECUSE NO DROUHT IN TIGRAY BUT THEY ARE SAID DROUT IN TIGRAY. BUT NEVER EVER HAPPEN IN TIGRAY AFTER THEY ARE IN THE RULE. WHEN THIER IS DROUGHT IN OTHER RIGION IN ETHIOPIA HE SAID WE ARE IN 10% ECONOMICAL GROWTH. WHAT A JOKE IS THIS? WHY HE LOUGH ON US? WHY WE ARE SILLENT? WHERE IS HAILU SHWEL? WHERE IS PR. MESFIN? WHERE IS ATHER INTELECUALES? ONLY BLA BLA BLA? WE DID NOT AFRIED MENGESTU HAILEMARIAM WHY WE AFRIED MELES? WE ARE SELFISH I VERY SORRY WHEN I SAY THIS. THANK YOU FOR ALL AND GOD BLESS MAMA ETHIOPIA FOREVER.

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