Journalist among thousands released

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Ethiopian journalist jailed for a month in connection with an interview he gave to Voice of America’s Amharic-language service on 31 October has been released.
Befekadu Hailu was among thousands of people who were arrested by security agents during the ongoing state of emergency. Colleagues confirmed that he was released yesterday, along with thousands protesters. The government said the protesters were freed after receiving “training.”
Befekadu was previously arrested in April 2014, together with nine other bloggers and journalists, accused of “working with foreign organizations claiming to defend human rights” and “receiving funding in order to incite the public to violence via social media.” They were subsequently charged with violating the terrorism law. Though they were freed in October 2015 after 18 months behind bars, Befekadu was rearrested last month.

Arefayné Fantahun
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