Charges Dropped Against Editor of the Amharic Weekly “Feteh”

Ethiopia’s Justice Ministry said it won’t prosecute Temesghen Desalegn, the editor of the weekly newspaper Feteh, whose distribution was blocked after it reported on the illness of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi before his death this month, Bloomberg News reported. (Photo credit: Awramba Times)

Tadias Magazine
News Update

August, 28, 2012

New York (TADIAS) – The Ethiopian Ministry of Justice said it will not file criminal charges against Temesghen Desalegn, the editor of the Amharic weekly newspaper Feteh.

“After further investigation the prosecutors have decided to drop the charges,” Desalegn Teressa, a ministry spokesman, told Bloomberg News.

The authorities stopped the paper’s distribution in July after it reported on the illness of the late PM Meles Zenawi. The editor was arrested last week for his writings that are critical of government policies.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said it welcomes the news, adding: “CPJ also calls for the release of eight other journalists now imprisoned in Ethiopia for their work.”

According to local news reports, Feteh‘s Deputy Editor Hailemeskel Beshewamyelhu said Temesghen was released from Kality Prison at around 3 p.m. today. Charges against the Publishing company Mastewal were also dropped.
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