Peter Heinlein of VOA Correspondent arrested in Ethiopia – VOA

May 25th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Washington, D.C., May 25, 2012 — “We are aware of reports that VOA correspondent Peter Heinlein was detained today in Addis Ababa. The safety and welfare of our reporters is our utmost concern and we are working to gather more information about Mr. Heinlein’s status. (more…)

Washington, D.C., May 25, 2012 — “We are aware of reports that VOA correspondent Peter Heinlein was detained today in Addis Ababa. The safety and welfare of our reporters is our utmost concern and we are working to gather more information about Mr. Heinlein’s status. We have been in contact with State Department officials and will release details as soon as they are available. We urge Ethiopian authorities to allow Mr. Heinlein to carry out his journalistic responsibilities without interference.”

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  1. ASSALLA
    | #1

    The woyane ethno-fascist junta has made it a ritual to call every journalist a terrorist.

    The brutal dictator zenawi is loosing his senses and he is prepared to do every evil act imaginable knowing that his fate is doomed.

  2. gizew derese
    | #2

    ewur sitegib meriwn yimatal. mukit siseba shotel yilsal. essey! ambasaderachewnm yiseru.

  3. ዋው
    | #3

    እሱ ቢኖር እሱንም ሊያስዎጡት ነው:: ምን ቀራው.

  4. ከዱሰ
    | #4

    Woyane is on its last legs, they can arrest anyone but the days of TPLF Empire is over

  5. Serto mader
    | #5

    He was arrested for doing “Unobjective(?) reporting”; that is, according to the latest comment by Bereket.
    What’s wrong with Peter? Why does he think the others, Ethiopians, were arrested? Doesn’t he know that it is illegal to report “unobjectively” in the land of EPRDF?

  6. Tagadali Adanahoum
    | #6

    Clearly this shows Meles is desperate and the end of TPLF, the Tigryan thugs is finished. Insha Allah back to Adwa where they belong.

  7. Dawi
    | #7

    I know some of you are hell bent to overthrow dictator Meles and would like Mr. Heinlein to accelerate the pace for you but, I am worried that you will be dumb founded like the Egyptian democrats when the so called “election” ended up being a choice between two evils; Mubarak’s right hand man or the man from the Moslem brotherhood.

    ‘Insha’Allah’!!”

    It is pathetic but they may have brought it to themselves, if you ask me.

  8. Demere
    | #8

    @Dawi
    Should we just sit tight and pray to the Almighty to solve all of our problems?What’s your point, Dawi?

  9. Anonymous
    | #9

    Dawi,
    unfortunately you boss makes life unbearable for all, but your relatives in Ethiopia. I for one do not care any more about what will come after TPLF or what will be the fate of us. My advice to you is to not to worry about us. Just go ahead declare your kilil independent and leave us alone.

  10. Dawi
    | #10

    Demere,

    Come to think of it Myanmar comes in mind, the generals spear headed the road to political reform several years ago, that is before the “Arab Spring”. Events in North Africa may have accelerated the pace of reform in that country.

    I think the retirement program of the old guards Meles talks about is a similar idea; new generation of leaders can be more open minded.

    As the Meles Dictatorship successfully controlled the movement of Shabia, OLF and others what ever retirement or otherwise reform made by Meles is coming from top down. That in my opinion is him being pro-active, a good thing.

    As Sung San Suu Kyi is part of the government of Myanmar, it seems there is hope in that country. Power is now shared among military, other government and active parliament. Former dictators are granted business deals to live comfortably; a price less costly to the country and people IMO.

    We can look into a similar alternatives than going south with religious wackos.

  11. Tagadalit Adanalhoum
    | #11

    Dawi how dammy can you be.One understands your sentiment as a Tigryawi. The Ethiopian people always adjucate and administer themselves in a decent fashion long before our enenmies seized power in May 1991. Now what one can see is division and turmoil along ethnic and religious line in the whole country. I do remeber vividly how in high school and in the University the Eritreans and Tigryans try to create a discord among different student, facaulties and teachers. In my earnest opinion we are better off without Meles and his co-hort TPLF.

  12. Tagadalit Adanalhoum
    | #12

    Dawi how dammy can you be.One understands your sentiment as a Tigryawi. The Ethiopian people always adjucate and administer themselves in a decent fashion long before our enenmies seized power in May 1991. Now what one can see is division and turmoil along ethnic and religious line in the whole country. I do remeber vividly how in high school and in the University the Eritreans and Tigryans try to create a discord among various ethnic groups facaulties,students and teachers. In my earnest opinion we are better off without Meles and his co-hort TPLF.

  13. Anonymous
    | #13

    Dawi,
    I can only guess you must be a paid tplf agent that makes a living with blood money. Or simply, an individual who lacks judgment and sees cruel and merciless killers like Hitler as great and brave leaders. Once again, you’re telling Ethiopians to sit quietly and accept the very senseless man that has been ruling Ethiopia with hot iron fist and sees Ethiopians as terrorists, a tyrant that has been evicting Ethiopians and giving their land to foreign billionaires to grow flower and other crops for their profit and even allowed the foreign land owners to migrate farm workers from Philippines and other countries, a Godless and disrespectful subhuman that has given orders Historical Religious Monasteries to be set on fire to give their land for investors, a coldblooded dictator that locks peace loving innocent Ethiopians in rat infested woyane prison, a professional looter that has looted the country blind, a cruel man that has tortured innocent Ethiopians, gunned-down law abiding Ethiopians, shipping hundreds of thousands young Ethiopian girls to be enslaved in Arab countries, an inhumane that let hundreds of thousands small children to be used a commodity and be sold for profit, a pathological liar who says and does everything to get what he wants, etc…
    Dawi, let me offer you an advice: do not waste your worthless time on Ethiopian websites. Go and preach to the same Woyane choir who believe and agree with everything you’ve to say. The rest of Ethiopians have been under an evil possessed man with no conscience for the last 22 years. You’re like the Nazis who used to support and still support one of the most vicious hateful subhuman Hitler. You’re making a fool of yourself trying to influence and inform well informed Ethiopians with your pointless and senseless messages.

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