Ethiopia arrests at least five journalists during state of emergency

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ethiopian authorities to release five journalists who were arrested in the house of a magazine owner, Temesghen Desalegn.

CPJ said in a statement that security forces on Monday arrested Eskinder Nega, Temesghen Desalegn, Zone 9 bloggers Befekadu Hailu and Mahlet Fantahun, and Zelalem Workagegnehu, who were gathered at Temesghen's house in Addis Ababa.

It said all five have previously been imprisoned for their journalism.

It said the authorities have not publicly disclosed any charges against the journalists. Under the state of emergency Ethiopia declared in February, permission is needed to host large gatherings and authorities can carry out arrests without warrant.

"We call on Ethiopian authorities to disclose what crime they accuse these journalists of committing or release them at once," said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal in New York. "Ethiopia must not use the state of emergency as a pretext to muzzle critical journalists, particularly those who already have suffered unimaginably during previous imprisonments."

The detentions came amid a wider round of arrests in Ethiopia in recent days.
-0- PANA MA 27March2018

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