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Solomon Kebede was detained by the government and charged with multiple terrorism charges when he was working as a managing editor of Yemuslimoch Guday (Muslim’s Affairs), the only surviving Muslim affairs oriented magazine up until the beginning of 2013. His arrest resulted in the closure

 

Mahlet Fasil

Addis Abeba, May 26/2017 – In what came as a big moment of relief to family and friends,  despite it being a further blow to freedom of the press in Ethiopia, the federal high Court 19th criminal bench has this morning sentenced Journalist Getachew Shiferaw editor-in-chief of a local Amharic newspaper Negere-Ethiopia, established by the opposition Semayawi (Blue) Party to one year and six months in jail, a time period he has  already served since his first arrest on December 25, 2015.

Accordingly, Getachew is expected to be freed  as of the court’s ruling this morning because he will be entitled to four months of good time credit per one year of his incarceration.