Ethiopian newspaper reports tampering of its mail – CPJ

June 30th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia’s postal service should a conduct thorough and transparent investigation into the tampering of mail addressed to the country’s leading critical newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. (more…)

Ethiopia’s postal service should a conduct thorough and transparent investigation into the tampering of mail addressed to the country’s leading critical newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Awramba Times Editor-in-Chief Dawit Kebede said the paper has complained to the Ethiopian Postal Service at least three times since June 6 after finding opened and destroyed envelopes in its mailbox inside Teklay Posta Bet, the national postal headquarters in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The Amharic-language weekly quoted local postal manager Bezabih Asfaw as saying that the “quality of the paper” of the envelopes may be to blame for the tearing.

The Awramba Times has been harassed for its critical coverage of the government, with the government-controlled media airing programs in December 2009 that lambasted the paper, according to news reports.

“The tampering of Awramba Times’ mail potentially impacts sources and readers,” said CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita. “Mail tampering is a criminal offense and we call on the Ethiopian Postal Service to take these reports seriously by conducting a thorough investigation and ensuring that all of the newspaper’s mail arrives intact and undisturbed.”

Asfaw told CPJ today that he is “unaware of this problem.” He said he would look into the reports, but said “this did not happen in the post office.” Under Ethiopia’s penal code, “violation of the privacy of correspondence or consignments” is punishable by up to six months in prison, according to CPJ research.

  1. abele
    | #1

    The weyane government doing this he has one departement in the security office when they sespect some postal mailthey open it and copyed and send open posta most of the time they do in opposition party member personal mail, peopel like living out side the country and known they oppose gov. allthis thing done by weyane security departement even if when you teravel they steeling yr document with bag and give you the same type of empety bag .you don’t now. you now only when you reach yr destenation .

  2. Assta B. Gettu
    | #2

    In a country whose leaders have no regard to the law of the land, to its constitution and, especially, to the law of the Almighty God who sees everything that we do on this earth he gave us to enjoy, tampering of mail, telephone conversation, legal documents, library cards, bank accounts, income taxes, land sales, passports, ID. Cards, student grades, birth certificates, demographic data, and many other important private and public properties is a common practice where by corrupt public officials enrich themselves by using mail frauds and other illegal activities.

    If it is not for such illegal activities, where do you think Prime Minister Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi) got the 1.2 billion dollars, and where do you think that Muslim Ethiopian merchant, Al Amoudi, got the 10 billion dollars? Think for a while and get the answer from your own research. When we have a dictator ruler, like Prime Minister Meles Seitanawi, who rules under the cover of secrecy, no transparency at all, everybody loots somebody to get rich; it is just like in the Bible: “Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh, and together they are against Judah. In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away, and His hand is still stretched out.” (Isaiah 9:21) In this case, the few Tegarues devour the rich merchants in Addis Ababa, the rich merchants devour the Ethiopian peasants, the Ethiopian Patriarch, Aba Paulos, devours the Ethiopian clergies, the Ethiopian clergies devour the laities, the Hanifs in their impressive Kaffiyeh devour the other faithful Muslims, and Meles, Jezebel (Azeb), and Al Amoudi together devour the entire country. They all are against Ethiopia, and God’s anger against these Ethiopian criminals does not turn away, and his mighty hand is still stretched out to capture the thieves and the perpetrators of justice.

  3. Anonymous
    | #3

    What else is new! This is one of TPLF corruptions at its best! Woyane government is known for every kinds of corruptions: repression, police brutality, money laundering, bribery, stealing, patronizing, discrimination, embezzlement and so on. Ethiopia ranked #138 out of 158 of the most corrupted countries in the world and #17 of failed countries. From top to bottom every governmental department is under lawless Woyanes and the rest of the world are coming to know them who they really are as they are destroying Ethiopia. One cannot assume any kind of fair judgment to come out from courier criminals as Woyanes. How in God’s name penniless group of people become milliners and billionaires in a few years, running the poorest country on earth without admitting robbing the country in the broad day light!!
    Recently, I saw a video of Meles insulting Ethiopians with the most disgusted hateful looks on his face calling Ethiopians as a bunch of Koshasha, Worada, Balegae…, Meles need to look in the mirror and tell himself that, he is the most hated, ugly, corrupt, ruthless, hateful, cruel, thief, unsympathetic, heartless cold-blooded killer Ethiopians have ever seen in their life time and proudly remembered in the company of Edi Amin, Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. What a disgrace and shame!

  4. manteyikoh Tenager
    | #4

    that is why my mail never arrived from ethiopia. It was sent about 4 Month ago, which had a few personal infos. I suspected the pre election assesment trying to block some flow of info. Neveretheless, they should send it after they see the mail. I didn’t have trouble getting the info through personal messages, but never realize the government will skeptically did this one. Well, what can we say, we don’t have any way catching them now but in the future, they will cath themselves on fire.

  5. አባቡ
    | #5

    ምን ይገርማል? መልዕክቶቻችንን እንደሚበረብሩ: ስልካችንን እንደሚጠልፉ: የድምፅና የምስል መቅረጫ በየቤታችን በድብቅ እንደሚያስቀምጡ እኮ በዝነኛው “ፀረ ሽብርተኝነት አዋጅ” ላይ በግልጽ የተቀመጠ ነገር ነው::

    ከዚህ አፈና ለመገላገል ብቸኛው መንገድ መተባበር መሆኑ ያልገባችሁ ተቃዋሚዎች እባካችሁ ቆም ብላችሁ አስቡ:: ስቃያችንን አታራዝሙት ነው የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ መልዕክት

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