“Government strikes against private press on World Press Freedom Day” Kifle Mulat President, EFJA (exiled) – Wosenseged Mersha, IFJ Reporter

May 5th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Japan – The Ethiopian Government stile strikes private press journalists. EFJA(exiled) President Kifle Mulate said “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 on May 3,2008. This is part of the erstwhile slide to naked tyranny following the brutal crackdown after the 2005 election. (more…)

Japan – The Ethiopian Government stile strikes private press journalists. EFJA(exiled) President Kifle Mulate said “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 on May 3,2008. This is part of the erstwhile slide to naked tyranny following the brutal crackdown after the 2005 election.

Ten thousand copies of a non political monthly magazine, Enku, has been impounded by police and its publisher and deputy editor, Alemayehu Mahtemework, imprisoned. The magazine was impounded Friday night May 2,2008 just before it was set to hit the market early on May 3,2008.

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 May 5/2008″

Kifle Mulat said particularly calls on IFJ, IPI, IFEX, WAN, WPFC, CPJ, RSF, ARTICLE 19, CJFE, AJU, AI, MISA, OAU, IMF, World Bank, Africa Watch, EU member States and all International free press institutions, counterpart professional associations, international human rights activists and organizations: it also

* To make their voices heard about serious challenge that poses a great danger to the very democratic right of the Ethiopian Journalists, so that they would be given attention.
* To express their deep concern and protest against illegal actions and to send letters of appeal to Meles Zenawi.
* Once again we request all human rights activists and organization and professional association throughout the world that have received this message to disseminate our call to all concerned.
* We call on all the Ethiopian people, International press institutions of which EFJA is member and International Human Rights Organizations and friends of the free press to closely follow the great danger hovering over the free press and the measures that could be taken to challenge its very existence. “said Kifle Mulat

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