Media Crackdown & Election in Ethiopia

Ethiopian federal police in Addis Ababa prior to the country's last general election in 2010. (AP photo)

KBIA Radio

By JASON MCLURE

Ethiopia’s parliamentary elections are set to be held May 24th, but there is little doubt the ruling party will win an overwhelming majority amidst a crackdown on independent media and political dissidents. This week on Global Journalist, we look at why and how the restrictions on the media in Africa’s second-most populous country began, and speak with a journalist who spent more than a year in prison for reporting.


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