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Ethiopia: Journalist’s guilty verdict a further slap in the face for justice

Getachew Assefa
Responding to reports that Ethiopia’s Federal High Court has found prominent Ethiopian journalist Getachew Shiferaw guilty of “provocation of revolt,” Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said:

“Today’s groundless ruling is a further slap in the face for justice in Ethiopia and proof of the authorities’ continued willingness – despite its stated commitment to reform – to misuse the criminal justice system to silence dissent.

“Getachew did nothing but share publicly-available information – to convict him of provoking revolt with the risk of a 10-year jail term, away from his loved ones, is cruel and unacceptable.”

Getachew, 33, was editor-in-chief of Negere Ethiopia, an online newspaper linked to the opposition Semayawi (Blue Party). He was arrested in 25 December 2015. He faces a maximum of 10 years in jail.

Last week, the same court convicted former Blue Party spokesman Yonatan Tesfaye of “encouragement of terrorism” simply for expressing himself on Facebook. He faces up to 20 years in jail.

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Getachew will be sentenced on 26 May.

SourceL CBN News


  1. The shameless TPLF Cangaroo court Aka “Federal court of Ethiopia”once again proved to the world that we step on the Norm Rule of law and we set up a place called court system and convicted any one who opposed us as terrorists and we lock them for many years to come….and we preach to our donors and bosses that Our “Democracy is still in The making”
    What they donot understand is their donors are world class crooks they have seen all world class Dictators before this TPLF thugs They are cheating no one but themselves when they claimed their 100 % land slide elections of the last fake elections of theirs

  2. አስሩን ሲጨርስ ኢሕአዴግ በ ቦሌ ወደ አሜሪካ ይሸኘዋል ….

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