Arab Today, arab today press freedom under fire ahead of ethiopia’s elections
Last Updated : GMT 11:39:43
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Press freedom under fire ahead of Ethiopia’s elections

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Press freedom under fire ahead of Ethiopia’s elections

A police officer stands guard among images
Washington - Arab Today

A rights advocacy group in a report released on Thursday said the Ethiopia’s government has intensified crackdown against independent media ahead of the general elections scheduled for May 2015.
"Ethiopia’s government has systematically assaulted the country’s independent voices, treating the media as a threat," said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
“Ethiopia’s media should be playing a crucial role in the May elections, but instead many journalists fear that their next article could get them thrown in jail,” He further said.
The 76-page report, entitled "Journalism Is Not a Crime: Violations of Media Freedom in Ethiopia" said increasing suppression against independent media has forced more than 30 journalists flee the country in 2014 in fear of being arrested under repressive laws.
According to the report, at least 22 journalists, bloggers, and publishers were criminally charged, in the past year. The government has also shut down six privately owned critical publications.
Most print publications in Ethiopia are closely affiliated with the government and almost never deviate from the government perspectives on critical issues.
“The state controls most of the media, and the few surviving private media self-censor their coverage of politically sensitive issues for fear of being shut down” The report added.
Human Rights Watch said Journalists who publish critical articles regularly receive threatening telephone calls, text messages, and visits from security officials and ruling party cadres.
Some journalists told rights group that they have received hundreds of these threats.
“If this does not silence them or intimidate them into self-censorship, then the threats intensify and arrests often follow”.
The report added courts in Ethiopia have shown little or no independence in criminal cases against journalists who have been convicted after “unfair trials” and sentenced to lengthy prison terms, often on terrorism-related charges.
“Muzzling independent voices through trumped-up criminal charges and harassment is making Ethiopia one of the world’s biggest jailers of journalists,” Lefkow said.
“The government should immediately release those wrongly imprisoned and reform laws to protect media freedom.”
The group called on authorities in Ethiopia to take the political will to amend oppressive laws and make significant reforms that would improve media freedoms before the elections.
Although, Ethiopia’s ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) party has brought tremendous economic growth, however it widely is accused of doing little to improve human rights.
EPRDF, which had been in power since 1991, occupies all except two of the parliament’s 547 seats.
Election officials on Friday told Sudan Tribune that, out of the expected 33 million eligible Ethiopian voters, over 12 million of them have registered so far since registration opened on 9 January.
The ruling EPRDF party won a landslide victory during previous election in 2010. The party is widely expected to win the upcoming parliamentary polls.
Source: Sudan Tribune

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today press freedom under fire ahead of ethiopia’s elections Arab Today, arab today press freedom under fire ahead of ethiopia’s elections

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today Top Yemen commander killed

GMT 09:55 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Top Yemen commander killed
Arab Today, arab today To probe sexual harassment claims

GMT 10:08 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

To probe sexual harassment claims

GMT 05:13 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

Sharjah TV begins 3rd season of Sharjah Junior Munshid

GMT 03:43 2017 Saturday ,11 February

National Media Council's New Logo Launched

GMT 15:06 2017 Friday ,10 February

383 violations against media freedoms during 2016

GMT 15:33 2017 Thursday ,09 February

Egypt backs Trump’s media criticism

GMT 01:44 2017 Wednesday ,08 February

Dubai Media City and Thomson Reuters host blood drive
View News in Arabic - Media: آخر الأخبار
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today To hold social dialogue over secondary school

GMT 07:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

To hold social dialogue over secondary school
Arab Today, arab today 63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'

GMT 06:41 2017 Monday ,20 February

Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'
Arab Today, arab today Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 06:34 2017 Sunday ,19 February

Ahmed Fahmy stresses he did not ignore singing

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 12:22 2017 Monday ,20 February

Kanye West puts hijab-wearing model

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 05:15 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Omega 3 can reduce asthma cases

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 16:08 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Shawsh reveals her collection "Jewelry of dreams"
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday