Says legal, policy reforms crucial prior to May elections
A 76 pages report released yesterday by the Human Rights Watch (HRW), accused the Ethiopian government’s systematic repression of independent media and said it “has created a bleak landscape for free expression ahead of the May 2015 general election.” “In the past year, six privately owned publications closed after government harassment; at least 22 journalists, bloggers, and publishers were criminally charged, and more than 30 journalists fled the country in fear of being arrested under repressive laws,” a statement from HRW said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Ethiopian capital Addis Abeba yesterday as the first leg of a three-day African tour. “President Erdogan is most welcome in Ethiopia at this time when the partnership between the two countries has reached a record high,” Ewnetu Belata, State Minister of Ethiopia’s Government Communications Affairs Office told The Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
Nine wounded, five critically
An early morning major car accident on Sunday January 18th on the newly opened Addis-Adama expressway has left eleven people dead on impact and nine people wounded. Five of the wounded have received life threatening wounds and are in critical conditions, an