EPRDF strikes against the private press on World Press Freedom Day. – Eskinder Nega, Addis Ababa

May 3rd, 2008 Print Print Email Email

In a move that is widely believed to have been deliberately chosen to coincide with World Press Freedom day, the Ethiopian government has struck against the private press yesterday. This is part of the erstwhile slide to naked tyranny following the brutal crackdown after the 2005 election. (more…)

In a move that is widely believed to have been deliberately chosen to coincide with World Press Freedom day, the Ethiopian government has struck against the private press yesterday. This is part of the erstwhile slide to naked tyranny following the brutal crackdown after the 2005 election.

10,000 copies of a non political monthly magazine ,Enku, has been impounded by the police and its publisher and deputy editor, Alemayehu Mahtemework, imprisoned. The magazine was impounded last night just before it was set to hit the market early today, Saturday. Along with the publisher, three other persons in no way connected to the Magazine but who were in the van carrying the magazine out of the printing press were also imprisoned. The magazine’s cover story is about the imprisonment of Ethiopia’s pop icon and critic of the government ,Tewdros Kasahun, which is stirring political passions in the country.

The imprisoned are due to appear before court on Tuesday.

  1. Ayalew
    | #1

    I am confused, Are you telling me the pop icon (Tewdros Kassahun) is undercover hidden politician ?

  2. Desta
    | #2

    Just like every case tried in Ethiopias courts, Teddy Afro`s “HIT and RUN” case also pass through court trial. Otherwise to distribute knowlgly misleading information to undermind and compromise the court procedure to the public via megazine or other form of communication may constitute contempt of the court, and may come with full responsible liability charge.
    Freedom of speech and freedom of press may find a way to “CHECK AND BALANCE” its duty without compromising and jeopardizing the trial process. Justice fuctionality and justice to deliver its intended duty as fair and separate entity, Justice must be free of outsiders unfounded influenced and bias public presure.

  3. Tigist
    | #3

    Except the moron Meles’s worshipers all Ethiopian the whole world for that matter knows that there is no justice in Ethiopia. The Ethiopia courts are Kangaroo courts and their purpose is giving a mask for Meles’s evil deeds. The so called “Desta” I assume your real name is Hagoss. You are so stupid trying to tell us there is a due process in Ethiopia. There are a couple of things that you should know. First, not everyone is moron Weyanne and deceived by your fucked up propaganda. Second, Meles is one ugly, bold, and short evil man who runs to bothrood whenever he has to fart. Meles is an evil man not God as stupid Weyannes think of him. Meles will die one day and go to hell. But, Ethiopia and Ethiopians will be there forever. I just hope and pray Meles’s day will come soon, so the Ethiopian people sorrow and agony will cease.

  4. Desta
    | #4

    Tigist,

    Here is the meaning of Justice according clueless confused Ms.Tigist,
    “When it favour you and suit you Justice is good, when justice disfavour and does not serve your hidden agenda then justice automatically becomes Kanagarro court.”

    HA!!HA!!!HA!!!!HA!!!!!HA!!!!!!

    ….indeed, Nothing so hard as teaching baboons how to understand the process and the true meaning of justice.

  5. Gambella
    | #5

    Why did the Amara dominated governments failed to bring meaningful governance and Democracy for Ethiopia for the last 100+ years ? ? ?

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