Banned journalists summoned to Supreme Court over 2005 elections. By Eskinder Nega. (Addis Ababa)

December 2nd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

In an extraordinary development, the EPRDF led government has suddenly decided to pursue the case against banned journalists over the 2005 disputed elections; few months short of the upcoming national elections. (more…)

In an extraordinary development, the EPRDF led government has suddenly decided to pursue the case against banned journalists over the 2005 disputed elections; few months short of the upcoming national elections.

Complying to pleas by government representatives, the supreme court has summoned four publishing houses—Sisay,Zekarias,Fasil and Serkalem publishing houses—to appear before it’s criminal bench on Friday, December 4 2009.The EPRDF led government is appealing a Federal court ruling which established that the publishing houses had been pardoned by the President in accordance with the law and the public pronouncements of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in 2007, despite the stringent claim by the government to the contrary. The publishing houses had been penalized with hefty fines in the infamous post election treason trial of 2005.

A petition filed by the government to the same court is also seeking to “freeze all liquid and fixed assets” of the defendants. In its four page petition to the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Finance and Development, which is representing the government, specified that it is acting at the behest of the Ministry of Justice.

Thirteen newspapers, the entire genre of Ethiopia’s free press, were closed down in the immediate aftermath of the post election riots in 2005; and to this date, incredibly, none have returned despite the release of all journalists by pardon (which the government is now
denying) in 2007.

  1. ደምስ
    | #1

    Dictator melese is in a panic mode. In the coming weeks MEDREK will be the one going to Kaliti prison with some kind of excuse. The dictator will never take a chance this time around.

  2. Shewit
    | #2

    What a sad place to live in. I admire people like Eskindar. He should have left this God forsaken place (not my word- Meles’) to those hodams and settle somewhere else where he can somehow freely express himself and practice his trade..
    We are back to square one for those who thought we have left the station. May be this time Hailu Shawel will help the journalists to be set free. That may help him and what is left of his party win a few seats in the coming election.

  3. aha!
    | #3

    This is very serious and regressive on the part of TPLF/eprdf regime, it it is tme for all parties to rally around, The press freedom, which also one of the negotiating points of KAEUP. This one area that appeals to the western donor nations, including the recently passed civil law, instead of bashing personalities let us scrutinize the party platforms. Which party is similar to TPLF/eprdf regime? Is it KAEUP or Medrek? Which party is running a deceptive, subersive politics? Which party has TPLF/eprdf’s hand on it? Which party has ethnic agenda as its basic platform? Those are the basic questions we need to ask, I believe in order to render our support to the party that stands for the positive integration of Ethiopia, and this effort would not be achieved without a free press to advance the sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians as a precursor to forming a democratic government. There will be no democratic government with ethnic dictatorship of the currentone or another.

  4. መቅደላዊ
    | #4

    የመለስ አገዛዝ እንደለመደው ሁሉንም ለማፈንና አገር ወዳዱን ዜጋ ለማበርክክ አስቦአል:: ይሁንና ህዝብ ያለውን ሰብስቦ የአገሩና የእድሉ ባለቤት እንደሚሆን አያጠራጥርም:: የአለም አቀፉ ህብረተስብ ጉዳይንዬዝህ ደረጃ እንዲደርስ በማደረጉ ተጥያቂ ነው:: በአፍናና በመንግስታዊ ሽብር የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ መብቱን በትግል እንደሚያስከብርያ አያጠራጥርም::

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