Tag Archives: Press Freedom

Dawit Isaak’s Freedom Cannot Simply Left to Politicians: Martin Schibbye

Martin Schibbye argues why the issue of Dawit Isaak’s freedom can not be left to politicians alone
The debate in Sweden has long been revolved around whether the “quiet diplomacy” works, or if Sweden should use harder words. Journalist Martin Schibbye, who recently visited Eritrea and soon travel there again, is of the opinion that the issue of Dawit Isaak’s freedom is too important to be left to politicians alone. (Photo: Magnus Bergström)

BY MARTIN SCHIBBYE *

Today, Dawit Isaak imprisoned for 16 years and the debate has raged since he was arrested on the best strategy to get him free.

I was in Eritrea last year with a special journalist’s visa to Asmara and was able to notice a greater openness towards journalists and got answers to the questions I asked.

A few years ago, questions about Dawit Isaak were rejected with aggression. Now I notice that he is alive and that he was treated well, but that the question whether a solution was an internal Eritrean affair. Continue reading Dawit Isaak’s Freedom Cannot Simply Left to Politicians: Martin Schibbye

Ethiopia State Media Face Scrutiny from Facebook Fact-Checkers

[At the age of social media,] “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
By Messenger Africa,

Facing the worst drought in half a century, Ethiopia had managed to avert a crisis without significant foreign aid, boasted a December 27th report on state-run news agency ENA. A day later Eshetu Homa Keno, a U.S.-based online activist, posted on Facebook a figure released by the United Nations showing that the amount of foreign humanitarian aid Ethiopia received in 2016 was more than a billion U.S. dollars while the government’s share was a relatively meager 109 million dollars. Continue reading Ethiopia State Media Face Scrutiny from Facebook Fact-Checkers

Ethiopia Continues Detaining Foreign Reporters

While enjoying his hookah, William Davidson, ‘Chairman’ of the foreign correspondents associations of Ethiopia and a Bloomberg business reporter himself, urges the government to stop arresting foreign reporters and respect the rights it grants to travel and report freely in the country. (Photo: Facebook)

By Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Ethiopia,

The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Ethiopia remains deeply concerned about continuing threats to press freedom in Ethiopia, which include the recent 24-hour detention of three accredited journalists.

Three journalists working in the Arsi Negele area of Oromia region in Ethiopia were detained by authorities for over 24 hours on August 8th and 9th, marking a continuation of obstructions to press freedom in the Horn of Africa nation.preventing journalists from doing their work,” said William Davison, the FCAE’s chairman. Continue reading Ethiopia Continues Detaining Foreign Reporters

12 U.S. Senators Condemn Ethiopia’s Crackdown on Civil Society

Twelve U.S. Senators led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced a resolution condemning the brutal crackdown used by the Ethiopian government against peaceful protestors, journalists, and others in civil society for exercising their rights constitutional rights.

By U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relation,

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution with 11 other Senators today condemning the lethal violence used by the government of Ethiopia against protestors, journalists, and others in civil society for exercising their rights under Ethiopia’s constitution.

The resolution calls for the Secretary of State to conduct a review of U.S. security assistance to Ethiopia in light of allegations that Ethiopian security forces have killed civilians. It also calls upon the government of Ethiopia to halt violent crackdowns, conduct a credible investigation into the killing of protesters, and hold perpetrators of such violence accountable. Continue reading 12 U.S. Senators Condemn Ethiopia’s Crackdown on Civil Society

High Level Ethiopian Delegation Sent to Muzzle ESAT From Russia Fails

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH. Known for muzzling independent press and dissenting views inside the country, the Ethiopian regime has gone as far as asking the Russian government to deny ESAT the use of its satellite.

By ESAT News,

In a desperate attempt to silence an independent Ethiopian TV and radio broadcasting service, the Ethiopian government has reportedly sent a high level delegation to Russia. It was found that the primary mission of the delegation was to demand the Russian government to drop from its satellite the broadcasting of news and programming by the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio, known popularly as ESAT. Continue reading High Level Ethiopian Delegation Sent to Muzzle ESAT From Russia Fails

Obama’s ‘Democratic’ Ethiopia Comment Slammed

Humanitarian groups and opposition lawmakers say Obama’s Ethiopia visit lends an air of legitimacy to an oppressive regime that has no legitimacy of the Ethiopian people. (Photo by: Evan Vucci)

By Al Jazeera,

African activists on Tuesday dismissed President Barack Obama’s remarks that Ethiopia has a democratically elected government as an “out of touch” public relations exercise.

Obama made the comment on Monday during a news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, whose ruling party won every seat in parliament in May elections. Continue reading Obama’s ‘Democratic’ Ethiopia Comment Slammed