RSF calls for effective release of all journalists detained in Ethiopia

first_img May 18, 2021 Find out more EthiopiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsCovid19ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentNobel PrizeViolence Amid armed clashes in Ethiopia that are almost impossible for the media to cover, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the country’s authorities to immediately release all detained journalists, one of whom has just caught Covid-19 in prison. Follow the news on Ethiopia May 21, 2021 Find out more Prime minister Abiy Ahmed on World Press Freedom Day in Addis Abeba, May 3rd, 2019. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP Abiy’s installation as prime minister in 2018 brought major improvements in press freedom. Many imprisoned journalists were released and more than 250 previously banned media outlets were allowed to operate. RSF_en A court in Addis Ababa, the capital, yesterday approved the provisional release of Medihane and three journalists with the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) – Haftu Gebreegziabher, Tsegaye Hadush and Abreha Hagos – who were also arrested on 10 November. “The current context does not justify censorship or reprisals against journalists. Abiy was given the prize as a reward for measures taken to end such a repressive and destructive scenario. Disillusionment is now on a par with the hopes originally raised. We ask the authorities to free the imprisoned journalists and allow the media to work.” News Help by sharing this information News But the court’s decision does not guarantee their immediate release. The police has appealed against this decision and a new hearing is going to take place this morning in Addis Abeba. The four journalists must each first pay bail that is equivalent to 217 euros. Addis Standard editor-in-chief Tsedale Lema told RSF she would be in suspense until Medihane was finally released because, “it’s become a pattern that police are constantly undermining the judiciary as of late.” December 2, 2020 – Updated on December 3, 2020 RSF calls for effective release of all journalists detained in Ethiopia Since 2018, Ethiopia has risen 51 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, going from 150th out of 180 countries to 99th.center_img Unfortunately, no significant improvements to the draconian media laws were made and, in recent months, RSF has received reports of several violations of the freedom to inform that have fuelled concern about a regression that would endanger the remarkable progress of the past two years. News Held since 10 November, Medihane Ekubamichael – the editor of the Addis Standard, one of Ethiopia’s most important English-language newspapers – has just tested positive to the coronavirus. His lawyer, Wubshet Kassaw, told RSF that Medihane’s main symptom so far was problems with his sense of smell. He was trying to arrange his release on bail, he added. Organisation News to go further RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Fighting in recent weeks between federal forces and regional forces controlled by the northern Tigray region’s ruling party has caused thousands of deaths and displaced tens of thousands of civilians. The federal authorities have not issued any official figures, and the prime minister says the military operations are now over. But Tigray is completely cut off from the rest of the country and it is virtually impossible for journalists to access the region and provide independent coverage of what is happening there. “One year after receiving the Nobel peace prize, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed heads a country that prevents journalists from working, detains some journalists and exposes them to the Covid-19 epidemic,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation EthiopiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsCovid19ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentNobel PrizeViolence Receive email alerts Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Watch: World’s largest aircraft touches down at Shannon Airport with largest…

first_imgLinkedin Print Facebook “We’re delighted to play our part, we have stayed open here to ensure we can facilitate cargo coming in like this with vital PPE for the health services,” she said.Pointing to the almost 70 aircraft parked up at the airport, Ms Considine noted in what is a “tough time for aviation” the arrival of the Antonov AN-225 created “great excitement about the place”.Niall Moloney, Shannon Airport’s Director of Airport Operations highlighted Shannon Airport staff “have been working on the front line ensuring the safe arrival of PPE cargo flights since the start of the crisis”.“It’s an incredible aircraft and when you see ut in the taxiway here it dwarfs anything else on the airfield. When you take its enormous size into perspective, it’s almost unbelievable that it can get up into the skies, let alone be as graceful when ut’s up there,” he said. WhatsApp Email Advertisement NewsHealthVideoWatch: World’s largest aircraft touches down at Shannon Airport with largest single delivery of PPE into IrelandBy Cian Reinhardt – June 10, 2020 4006 Twitter The Antonov AN-225 carrying PPE for Ireland. Photo: Cian ReinhardtThe world’s largest aircraft, Antonov AN-225 touched down at Shannon Airport at approximately 2pm today carrying the largest consignment of Personal Protective Equipment to be flown into Ireland on a single flight.Carrying almost 900,000 medical gowns for distribution in Ireland, it is second plane carrying PPE to arrive in Shannon Airport in the past few days, the last being a Boeing 737 which arrived on Monday, June 8.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shannon Group CEO, Mary Considine told the Limerick Post the 3.2-kilometre runway is something “we are very proud of, and we love to see it used”.With the longest runway in Ireland, Shannon Airport is the only facility capable of taking in the 276 foot Antonov AN-225 aircraft. Previous articleSpike Lee’s editor to deliver editing workshop for local filmmakersNext article€6.5bn business support package must be reallocated or SME’s will become the nursing homes of the economy Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected]last_img read more