Since the beginning of August, when the government proclaimed a state of emergency, three journalists have been detained in Ethiopia.
In reaction to strife in the northern Amhara province, Ethiopia proclaimed a state of emergency on August 4 that would last for six months. On August 14, the state of emergency was approved by the nation’s House of People’s Representatives. Along with other broad authority, the state of emergency allows the government to detain anyone without a judicial warrant.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, reports that since that time, three journalists have been detained in Ethiopia. The press freedom organization said that all three reporters wrote articles about the Amhara conflict and the state of emergency.
Following the detention of eight journalists by Ethiopian security forces in April over.
Throughout a statement released on Wednesday, CPJ denounced the most recent arrests and urged the government to free all journalists who have been jailed throughout the nation as a result of their work.
“Once again, Ethiopian authorities are targeting journalists precisely when the public needs access to diverse reporting and commentary on an ongoing conflict,” CPJ Sub-Saharan Africa Representative Muthoki Mumo said.