Home | Press Releases    Saturday 28 January 2012

Ethiopia: Two journalists sentenced to 14 years on terrorism charges

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Reporters Without Borders (http://www.rsf.org) Update

27 January 2012

ETHIOPIA

Two journalists sentenced to 14 years on terrorism charges

A week after being found guilty of participating in a terrorist organization and preparing a terrorist attack, the Ethiopian journalists Reyot Alemu, columnist for the Amharic-language weekly Fitih, and Woubeshet Taye, deputy editor of Awramba Times – which has now closed own – were each sentenced yesterday to 14 years’ imprisonment.

“It is difficult to understand the Ethiopian justice system’s stubborn insistence on strictly applying an anti-terrorism law that has been accused of infringing on constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, and on convicting journalists who have not been proved to have done anything more than make contact with opposition figures,” Reporters Without Borders said.

The organisation believes proof beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the highest standard of evidence required to validate a criminal conviction in trials, was not met by the prosecution.

“These prison sentences are distressing and cause serious damage to Ethiopia’s image. We strongly hope that this case will be reviewed on appeal. Reyot Alemu and Woubeshet Taye are no criminals and must be released.”

Reporters Without Borders carried out a fact-finding mission in Ethiopia between 9 and 12 January.

More information about Alemu and Taye, as well as the state of press freedom in Ethiopia, can be found in the mission’s report entitled “Journalists are not terrorists”:

http://en.rsf.org/ethiopia-journalists-are-not-terrorists-24-01-2012,41764.html


ETHIOPIE

14 ans de prison pour deux journalistes inculpés de "terrorisme"

Une semaine après avoir été reconnus coupables de "participation à une organisation terroriste et préparation d’une attaque terroriste", les deux journalistes éthiopiens Reyot Alemu, éditorialiste pour l’hebdomadaire en amharique Fitih, et Woubeshet Taye, directeur adjoint de l’hebdomadaire en amharique Awramba Times – lequel a cessé de paraître – ont été condamnés, le 26 janvier 2012, à 14 ans de prison ferme.

"L’obstination de la justice éthiopienne à appliquer avec la plus grande fermeté la loi antiterroriste, alors même qu’elle est accusée d’empiéter sur les libertés garanties par la Constitution, est incompréhensible. De même que celle de reconnaître coupables des journalistes dont il n’a pas été prouvé qu’ils aient fait quoi que ce soit d’autre qu’être en contact avec des personnalités de l’opposition", a déclaré Reporters sans frontières.

L’organisation estime que des preuves irréfutables de leur culpabilité, nécessaires pour les reconnaître comme des criminels, n’ont pas été fournies par le procureur.

"Ces peines de prison sont navrantes et nuisent gravement à l’image de l’Ethiopie. Nous espérons vivement que cette affaire sera revue en appel. Reyot Alemu et Woubeshet Taye ne sont pas des criminels, ils doivent être libérés", a conclu Reporters sans frontières.

L’organisation vient d’effectuer une mission d’enquête en Ethiopie, du 9 au 12 janvier 2012.

Plus d’informations sur Reyot Alemu et Woubeshet Taye, ainsi que sur l’état de la liberté de la presse en Ethiopie, dans le rapport de cette mission, intitulé "Les journalistes ne sont pas terroristes" :

http://fr.rsf.org/ethiopie-les-journalistes-ne-sont-pas-des-24-01-2012,41758.html


Ambroise PIERRE
Bureau Afrique / Africa Desk
Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without Borders
47, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris, France
Tel : (33) 1 44 83 84 76
Fax : (33) 1 45 23 11 51
Email : afrique@rsf.org / africa@rsf.org
Web : www.rsf.org
Twitter : RSF_Africa

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 13 March 2012 08:19, by siddaw

    my godness. 14 years imprisonment??????????// is he not going to die in the prison????????????/ 5 to 6 years could have been better............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

    repondre message

  • 30 July 2012 18:19, by danaray79

    I am really impressed by this blog! Very clear explanation of issues is given and it is open to everyone. thanks for posting this work of yours..this is very good! Buy Essay.

    repondre message

  • 8 May 2013 19:14, by dennishobson

    b7qbN6YfK2Tgy2Mk8YnKHF5oU83xPrssanyong actyon madeira plastica plastic lumber I’m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea i

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


How we can construct a shared vision for South Sudan’s future? 2020-08-01 09:21:58 David Nyuol Vincent To craft a shared vision for the future of South Sudan is difficult but not impossible. To surpass the perilous situation in which we are in now, we need to learn to (...)

Establish capable security force in Darfur 2020-08-01 07:43:40 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The Darfur region is destined to continue bleeding. Those who believe in that openly say whether Omer Al-Bashir is still in the rule of Sudan or deposed, the region of (...)

An Unconventional Sudanese Muslim Man 2020-07-29 14:42:58 Tribute to My Grandfather By Shahinaz Sabeel In this essay, Shahinaz Sabeel, a young Sudanese woman who grew up between Sudan, Canada and Uganda, recounts her relationship with her grandfather, (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.