Addis Ababa (ENJU) The Ethiopian police arrested yesterday journalist Elias Nigatu who writes for Enku magazine and requested a 14 day for additional investigations the Federal first instance court Arada Bench when the journalist appeared in court today.
And the court allowed the police a 7 day additional time. According to police the journalist is arrested because of his Article on the Magazine that instigated violence and riot among the Jimma university students. the Police said Elias is responsible for the lose of property and human lives during the violent riot of the university students recently in the Jimma town which is some 500 Km west of Addis Ababa.
The issue of Press Council establishment and protection of journalist were top on the agenda during the discussion forum held in connection with the celebration of International Press freedom Day in Addis Ababa on 3 May 2014.
The meeting which was attended by Ministers, representatives of the UNESCO, Ethiopian National Journalits Union (ENJU), political parties at the Ghion Hotel was highlighted with the discussion on the challenges encountered to establish a press council in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian National Journalists Union (ENJU) expressed concern over the silence of government about three journalist and the six bloggers imprisoned journalists and bloggers.
ENJU together with the lawyer hired the regional body of the International Federation of journalist Journalists (IFJ) eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) is working hard to follow up the situation of the arrested people.
So far the government has not issued any statement or gave a press conference about the issue. Therefore, ENJU President Anteneh Abraham said” We are really concerned that with the silence of the government. We immediately demand clarification for the government.”
(Addis Ababa, 22 April 2014)- The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has successfully concluded its five day regional investigative journalism and corruption reporting training of trainers which ran from April 14-18, 2014.
The training workshop, which gathered 22 participants from Eastern Africa countries, was part of EAJA’s efforts aimed at building the capacity of media in Eastern Africa region by providing in-depth knowledge and skills on investigative journalism and corruption reporting in the region.
Ladies and Gentlemen
I feel very proud and honored to address this important gathering of professional journalists from across the Eastern Africa.
First and foremost, I would also like to welcome you all to your second home, Addis Ababa which is the capital city of Africa and the seat of several international organizations and over hundred embassies of countries of the world.