In election year, Nigeria’s press feeling the pressure

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)

Ethiopia denies Temesghen Desalegn access to medical care in jail

Nairobi, March 16, 2015Authorities 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)

Ethiopian ruling, opposition parties hold TV debate ahead of polls

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 post: EM investors need Ethiopia on their shortlist

 By Anders Heede of BDO

Ethiopia: Digital Attacks Intensify

Ethiopia: Digital Attacks Intensify

March 9, 2015(New York) – The Ethiopian government has renewed efforts to silence independent voices abroad by using apparent foreign spyware, Human Rights Watch said today. The Ethiopian authorities should immediately cease digital attacks on journalists, while foreign surveillance technology sellers should investigate alleged abuses linked to their products (Read More)

Ethiopia’s Growth Program Cuts Out Dissent

Lone opposition voice in Parliament says economic goals trigger clampdown on criticism

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—The sole voice of opposition in Ethiopia’s 547-member national legislature will soon fall silent—the latest in a long line of people who have given up the fight as the government actively mutes dissent while pursuing populist economic expansion.(Read More)