Ethiopian Government Questioned Over Whereabouts of Popular Journalist Detained Since 2014

Source: Associated Press

Human rights groups are asking the Ethiopian government to immediately disclose the whereabouts of a popular local journalist who has been behind bars since October 2014.

The Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia and DefendDefenders on Wednesday called it “unacceptable” that the government was unwilling or unable to provide Temesgen Desalegn’s relatives with information after two years of detention.

The groups say Temesgen was jailed on “spurious charges.” The journalist is serving a three-year sentence on charges of defamation, incitement, and false publication.

The public relations head of the Ethiopian Federal Prison Administration, Gizachew Mengiste, told The Associated Press that he has no information about Temesgen’s whereabouts

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in October amid massive anti-government protests, leading to the arrest of at least two journalists.

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