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CPJ, Rights Groups Slam Dawit Kebede; NED Stops Funding

Dawit Kebede, editor of Awramba Times, with his boss, Bereket Simon, the notorious jailer of Ethiopian journalists
Widely suspected as a TPLF undercover agent, Dawit Kebede (right), editor of Awramba Times, was reportedly “forced into exile” with a mission to sowing division among the pro-democracy Ethiopian Diaspora. Exposed, Dawit flew back to the fold of TPLF in Addis, and now poses for a photo with his boss, Bereket Simon, the notorious jailer of Ethiopian journalists

By Tamru Ayele,

THE Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Oakland Institute (OI) and Survival International (SI) have strongly rejected and condemned Dawit Kebede’s recent claims against several global advocacy groups.

The groups said such an irresponsible and unsubstantiated allegation that has no factual basis is not expected of someone who claims to be a journalist committed to informing others.

Dawit Kebede, who was one of the four recipients of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award in 2010, recently appeared on the state-run ETV and accused CPJ, Oakland Institute , Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, International Rivers, Survival International and the International Crisis Group of being tools of imposing Western hegemony. Continue reading CPJ, Rights Groups Slam Dawit Kebede; NED Stops Funding

Eritrea Released Six More Journalists

ENCOURAGING STEP. Reports indicate there are only 16 so called “Journalists” remained in detention.

By Reporters Without Borders,

REPORTERS Without Borders is happy to learn of the release on bail of six Eritrean journalists who had been held since February 2009.

They are Bereket Misghina, Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu and Basilios Zemo of Radio Bana, Meles Negusse Kiflu, who worked for Radio Bana and Radio Zara, Girmay Abraham of Radio Dimtsi Hafash and Petros Teferi.

“We are delighted to learn of the release of these six journalists, which is an exceptional development […], said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. At this point, we don’t have additional information about the circumstances of their release or their state of health. We will obviously follow the situation closely.” Continue reading Eritrea Released Six More Journalists

CPJ Press Freedom ‘Hero’ Says Right Groups are Tools for Western Hegemony

“CPJ is a tool for western hegemonic ambition” – Journalist Dawit Kebede, 2010 CPJ International Press Freedom Hero

By Tamiru Ayele,

ETHIOPIAN journalist and former CPJ “press freedom hero” have accused the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) as being one of the tools for imposing “Western hegemonic ambition”.

Dawit Kebede, managing editor of Awramba Times, who was one of the four recipients of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award in 2010, launched the scathing attack against CPJ and leading international human rights groups in a recent interview with ETV, the state-run television.

He claimed that organizations such as CPJ, Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Oakland Institute and the International Crisis Group are tools of advancing Western hegemony.

“These organizations are part of an overall allegiance to control the world under one single ideology,” he said. Continue reading CPJ Press Freedom ‘Hero’ Says Right Groups are Tools for Western Hegemony

Uneven Coverage of Suppressed Ethiopian Journalists

More journalists have fled Ethiopia than any other country in the world. This month alone, 17 Journalists forced to flee for safety as laws in the country are increasingly used for political expediency

By Marthe van der Wolf,

THIS month, Ethiopian officials shut down five magazines — the latest in a series of shutdowns — but the move got little attention from outside the country. The East African country is well known for suppressing the media, but some cases seem to get celebrity status while others are ignored.

Twelve Ethiopian journalists and publishers left the country in August after the magazines they worked for were forced by the government to shut down. International media gave little attention to the self-chosen exile of these media practitioners.  Continue reading Uneven Coverage of Suppressed Ethiopian Journalists

Ethiopia ‘Blocks’ Al Jazeera Websites

Traffic to English and Arabic websites has plummeted since the network aired coverage of protests in August last year.

Aljazeera qualifies in the long list of banned websites in Ethiopia. Paranoia?

By Aljazeera,

Al Jazeera’s English and Arabic websites are reported to have been blocked in Ethiopia, raising fresh fears that the government is continuing its efforts to silence the media.

Though the authorities in Addis Ababa have refused to comment on the reported censorship, Google Analytics data accessed by Al Jazeera shows that traffic from Ethiopia to the English website had plummeted from 50,000 hits in July 2012 to just 114 in September.

Traffic data revealed a similar drop for the Arabic website, with visits to the site dropping to 2 in September from 5,371 in July.  Continue reading Ethiopia ‘Blocks’ Al Jazeera Websites

ERI-TV Journalist Ahmed Omer Sheikh Reportedly freed

ERI-TV Arabic program journalist Ahmed Omer Sheikh

By CyberAdal,

It is a great’s news to know that, Journalist, poet and novelist, Ahmed Omer Sheikh is free on Sunday evening on December 2012.

The writer is famous in Eritrea as one of the winner of the Eritrean “Raimoq Award for both 1995 & 1997” together with Mr. Alemseged Tesfay whom jointly won the big winners ever of Raimoq.

Mr. Sheikh Studied at King Abdulaziz University, work within the Ministry of Information in Eritrea after the independent with a great number of talented journalist, whom contributed widely to enhance and advance the ministry. Continue reading ERI-TV Journalist Ahmed Omer Sheikh Reportedly freed