October 14, 2020
Adanech Abebie abused her power and privileges to have journalist Temesgen Desalegn arrested. If the “deputy mayor” of Addis Ababa felt that she was indeed defamed, she should have demanded a retraction by providing evidence that can refute the story in question. She could also have filed a lawsuit against the newspaper for damages. Instead of doing so, she used the ruling party apparatus to do advocacy on her behalf and sent an army of police officers. This only confirms that the reform is going nowhere but getting stuck in the deep quagmire of the past.
Obang Metho:The government should immediately drop its investigation
It has been reported that Journalist Temesgen Dessalegn and Misgan Zinabe, the Fitih magazine editor were arrested today and taken to Addis Ababa Police Commission. They are being investigated over allegations of defamation, sedition and violation of the country’s Communications Act.
I call on the government to immediately cease its criminal investigation into journalists Temesgen and Misgan. Their reporting was fair and balanced and they should be free to do their jobs without fear of retribution from the government. They were simply doing their job and they should not be treated like criminals.
Journalism is not a crime, yet the principles of free speech and a free press are threatened in our country.
Once again the government should immediately drop its investigation and if not this will be a confirmation that the genuine reform we all dreamed of in Ethiopia is going backwards not forwards.
Today, Ethiopia is in so many crisis. Let us consider the peril of all our people—not only of our own ethnic (tribe)—and rise up in defense. If we do not, Ethiopians’ hopes for a just, peaceful Ethiopia and harmonious society may only be an elusive dream. Never lose hope and do not be discouraged until freedom and justice prevail.