August 4, 2014
The Ethiopian government has today charged the publishers and media outlets of five magazines (Lomi, Fact, Addis Gudaye, Jano, Enku) and one newspaper (Afro Times), local state media reported citing the Ministry of Justice. All the print outlets were published in Amharic language.
According to local state media outlets, the prosecutor charged the publishers on suspicion of “calling for violence, disseminating false information, calling for the violent removal of the constitutional system and making people not to trust the government”.
The Ministry also warned that it will continue to charge publishers and media outlets that “trespassed and continue to trespass the law”.
The Ethiopian government had detained dozens of bloggers and journalists in the past three months alone for having a role in “terrorism”. This new charges could leave the Ethiopian media scene fully dominated by state owned media outlets.