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Ethiopia included on CPJ’s first ever “Risk List”


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

February 15, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) - An international media advocacy group has identified 10 countries where press freedom has suffered in 2012.

Risk List 2012 from Committee to Protect Journalists on Vimeo.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Thursday released its annual “Attacks on the Press” assessment of global press freedom, revealing a rise in attacks, which it attributes to a trend of repressive press laws as well as governments’ intolerance of dissent.

CPJ has for the first time compiled what it described as a “risk list” of countries that have shown the most significant “downward trends” on press freedom in 2012.

Ethiopia was one among the countries listed in the new group, with its inclusion following the imprisonment of large numbers of journalists on anti-state or “terrorism” charges to thwart critical reporting, the group said.

According to CPJ, Ethiopia is one of the leading jailers of journalists in Africa, with seven journalists currently behind bars. Only neighbouring Eritrea has more journalists in jail in Africa.

Other worrisome “downward trends” include high murder rates and “entrenched impunity”, as well as restrictive laws targeted at silencing dissent.

Other countries on the risk list are Somalia, Pakistan, Brazil, Ecuador, Turkey, Russia, Vietnam, Iran and Syria.

“Attacks on the press exposes the aggressive efforts of state and non-state actors to silence journalists, particularly those covering crime, corruption, politics and conflict,” said CPJ deputy director Robert Mahoney.

“The right to receive and impart information transcends borders, and international and regional bodies have a key role to play in upholding these principles, which are under attack,” he said.

CPJ’s survey revealed an unprecedented rise in the number of journalists killed and imprisoned during 2012.

According to the figures, 70 journalists have been killed in the course of their duty in 2012, a 43% increase over the previous year, while at least 35 journalists have disappeared.

The group identified that a record 232 journalists were behind bars because of their work in 2012, an increase of 53 from 2011 and the highest since CPJ began surveys in 1990, indicating a deteriorating environment for global press freedom.

“We have seen whole newspapers brought down in countries like Ethiopia because there’s been an attack,” Mahoney said.

Some 79 Ethiopian journalists have fled their home country since 2001.

According to the 2013 World Press Freedom Index report produced by Reporters Without Borders (RWR), Ethiopia dropped to 137th position in 2012, down from 127 the previous year.


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  • 16 February 2013 13:32, by James Maker Akok

    The problems in Ethiopia is Arab, Arab trying to make Ethiopia as Muslim country through terrorism that why Ethiopia Government put many journalists in Jails because Ethiopia doesn’t want that Muslim laws to be in Ethiopia.

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  • 16 February 2013 17:14, by henok

    How idiot you are!!! idiot idiot indeed indeed. SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT, but my country, Ethiopia, shall not bow to the tentacles of neo-liberalism. We were proud, uncolonized people in the past; so shall we be in the days ahead. There is no room for Cpj and its messengers like Mohamed keita in Ethiopia. just keep barking like a dog. A biting dog seldom bites.

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  • 16 February 2013 19:02, by Fetehyelem

    There is nothing new and surprising to the people of Ethiopia. We have got used to countless crime,state sponsored corruption and human right violations of TPLF-Tigray people Libration Front (Terrorist Regime) for the last 20+ years.
    Under the rule of TPLF:Ethiopia is owed to billions of dollars from every organization,country on earth.
    Ethiopia is on the forefront to beg food and everything from

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  • 16 February 2013 19:08, by Fetehyelem

    country and wealthy people on earth including Bill gate.
    TPLF is selling our vast and vergin fetrile lands for Chines,Arabs,Indians,Pakistanies or what have you.
    Under TPLF rule Ethiopians are forced to leave their own country and seek asylums everywhere on earth be it Sudan,Yemen,South Africa, Arabian countries, and ofcourse Europe.During the Derg era being refugee was humilation for our nation

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  • 16 February 2013 19:16, by Fetehyelem

    TPLF is busy destroying Ethiopia. These greedy people never get satisfied with billions of dollars in aid and foreign loan.
    So that they are now engaged on selling our giant organizations which we have built for centuries like Telecommunication, EELPA, Medhin Insurance Company,Commercial Bank of Eth.Eth Airlines and others then we will be left with nothing. Please lets wake up and eliminate them.

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  • 17 February 2013 15:45, by henok

    Ante wirgat..... Just hush up. You shall not set your foot ruin the soils of Ethiopia. We verys we well know who you are.

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