• Campagnes

Ethiopia: Further information on legal concern: arrests of journalists: Tefera Asmare, Daniel Kifle (serving prison sentences); Habtamu Belete, Girma Endrias, Melaku Tadesse, Melaku Tsegaye (released after serving six-month prison terms); Tesfaye Tadesse,

, N° d'index: AFR 25/003/1995

Fourteen more journalists from the independent press were arrested in mid-December 1994. Some were provisionally released in January 1995. Garoma Bekelle of Urji magazine was arrested in mid-January. He is still detained. Goshu Moges, imprisoned for publishing a letter from Professor Asrat Woldeyes, has been released on bail and is appealing against a 6-month prison sentence.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 25/03/95
Distr: UA/SC
30 January 1995
Further information on UA 35/94 (AFR 25/05/94, 2 February 1994 and follow-ups
(AFR 25/09/94, 25 February, AFR 25/10/94, 14 April, AFR 25/13/94, 18 May, AFR
25/17/94, 20 July, AFR 25/27/94, 20 October) - Legal Concern
ETHIOPIA Update on arrests of journalists
1. Serving prison sentences:
Tefera Asmare (two year prison term)
Daniel Kifle (18-month prison term)
2. Released after serving six-month prison terms:
Habtamu Belete (immediately re-arrested)
Girma Endrias
Melaku Tadesse
Melaku Tsegaye
3. Released without charge:
Tesfaye Tadesse
Keleme Bogala
Tewedros Kebede
Kumsa Burayu
Tolera Tessema
4. Still "disappeared":
Nayk Kassaye
5. Released on bail:
Goshu Moges (appealing against a six-month prison term)
6. New arrests/releases:
Bekelle Mekonnen (released)
Tesfaye Deressa (released)
Garoma Bekelle (still detained)
Israel Saboka (released)
Fourteen more journalists from the independent press were arrested in
mid-December 1994. Some were provisionally released on bond in January 1995
after being taken to court, such as Bekelle Mekonnen and Tesfaye Deressa of
Urji magazine, an Oromo magazine and Israel Saboka of Saifa Nabalaba magazine,
another Oromo publication. Garoma Bekelle of Urji magazine was arrested in
mid-January 1995, taken to court but still held in custody (possibly to be
provisionally released soon).
Goshu Moges, editor of Tobia magazine, was arrested in October 1994, taken
to court and imprisoned for six months for "contempt of court". In December
a court granted him bail pending an appeal hearing. He was imprisoned for
publishing a letter from Professor Asrat Woldeyes, the imprisoned leader of
the All-Amhara People's Organization, declaring that he could not expect a
fair trial in a new case against him. In December, Professor Asrat Woldeyes,
a prisoner of conscience, also received a six-month prison sentence for contempt
of court on account of his letter, and a further three-year prison sentence
2
on a separate political charge, added to a two-year sentence imposed in July
1994 (AFR 25/WU/02/94).
Dozens of journalists arrested in 1994 on account of published articles who
have been provisionally released on bond could yet face trial and imprisonment
or substantial fines if tried and convicted under the Press Law, and could
be prisoners of conscience.
NO FURTHER ACTION ON THESE CASES IS REQUESTED FROM THE URGENT ACTION NETWORK.
Amnesty International is following up these cases as appropriate by other
means.

Dans quelle langue voulez-vous lire le rapport ?