By: Our staff writer
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia Today) April 14,2023: The Ethiopian Mass Media Professionals Association (EMMPA) has called on the government to “immediately release” all media professionals that are detained by security forces “without any legal procedure.” In a statement it issued today, the association also urged for an end to harassment and intimidation that media professionals are facing in Ethiopia.
The association said that as of late, the space in which media professionals are functioning in Ethiopia is increasingly narrowing, whereas accounts of intimidation and humiliation of journalists and media professionals by security forces are on the rise.
EMMPA listed at least six journalists, including Dawit Begashau, editor of YouTube based “Arat Kilo Media”, and a member of the executive committee and head of foreign and public relations for the association itself, as being currently in police custody.
It is recalled that Meskerem Abera, founder and owner of “Ethio Nikat,” a YouTube-based media company, has also been detained this week for the third time by members of the federal police and security officers wearing civilian clothes.
The association stated it believes that when suspected of committing errors during their works, media professionals should be held to account according to the media law; furthermore, it expressed its concerns that the provisions set forth in the country’s media law, which prohibits the detentions of journalists, have not been implemented and that some of the whereabouts of some of the detained journalists are unknown, including to their own families.