Ethiopian journalist loses appeal, remains in prison

Ethiopian journalist loses appeal, remains in prison

The IWMF is gravely concerned about freedom of the press in Ethiopia upon learning the cassation court’s decision to uphold Reeyot Alemu’s conviction and prison sentence in Addis Ababa today.

The repeated use of Ethiopia’s vague Anti-Terrorism Proclamation to silence government-critical voices is highly alarming. After her arrest in June 2011, Alemu was held for months without charge and subsequently convicted of terrorism although her activities have been purely of a journalistic nature.

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