By Peter Nkanga/CPJ West Africa Representative West Africa Representative
“Nobody is safe. Not the voter, not the journalist, not anybody!” The fears of Femi Adesina, president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, is echoed by stakeholders and observers of Nigeria’s general election. Amid the tension in the run up to presidential and federal parliamentary elections on March 28, and governor and state parliamentary elections on April 11, journalists can be easy targets. (Read More)
As the Conference of Ministers prepares to focus on implementing the African Union Agenda 2063, the Forum for Former African Heads of State and Government, commonly known as the Africa Forum, are set to meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Read More)
Nairobi, March 16, 2015–Authorities in Ethiopia have denied medical attention to Ethiopian journalist Temesghen Desalegn, who has been imprisoned since October, according to sources close to the journalist.
Temesghen Desalegn, owner of the now-defunct newsmagazine Feteh (Justice), is serving a three-year term in Ziway Prison, outside Addis Ababa, on charges of defamation, incitement, and false publication in connection with a series of opinion pieces he wrote in Feteh in 2012, according to news reports and a translation of the charge sheet that CPJ reviewed.(Read More)
Addis Ababa, 15 March: As part of the upcoming election campaign, political parties in contention began officially taking part in debates on pertinent issues here yesterday.
The [ruling] Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), The [opposition] Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (Medrek), Semayawi Party, New Generation Party (NGP) and Unity for Democracy and Justice Party [UDJ] debated over the topic “multiparty democracy and human and democratic rights in Ethiopia” at the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation [state TV, EBC]. (Read More)
Guest writer By Anders Heede of BDO
New York, March 10, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by research that indicates the Ethiopian government used spyware to monitor journalists at U.S.-based Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) in what appears to be a continuation of surveillance first reported in February 2014. (Read More)
Ethiopia: Digital Attacks Intensify