Ethiopian journalist attacked in Nairobi

September 6th, 2006 Print Print Email Email

Ethiomedia | September 6, 2006

NAIROBI, Kenya – An Ethiopian journalist living in exile in Kenya was admitted to hospital Monday night after he was attacked by a gang of six men.

Yidnekachew Chane, who was a reporter for Maebel, an Amharic weekly based in Addis ababa, was severely beaten by two undercover agents of the Meles Zenawi regime. The spies were assisted by four Kenyans to carry out the attack.

Friends of the victim said they would file a lawsuit against the two attackers whom they identified as ‘spies’ of the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Yidnekachew and other journalists from the independent press have either ended up in jail or in exile following a nationwide crackdown on dissent that erupted after the ruling party of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi rigged the elections in May 2005.

The government uses various brutal methods, including physical beatings, to intimidate reporters into submission. On October 1, 2003, a reporter for the Amharic weekly Etiop was left for dead after assailants left him with severe injuries to his skull, hands and legs.

The Meles government is long known for smuggling its securitymen into other countries – mainly Kenya and Sudan – to carry out attacks on members of the opposition and the media.

In November 2005, Eight security agents savagely attacked Ahmed Ali, a disabled Ethiopian journalist living in Stockholm, Sweden for being critical of the repressive regime in Addis.

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