ADDIS ABABA - The Ethiopian Federal High Court First Criminal Bench yesterday has adjourned the case of the two Swedish journalists, who were accused of penetrating the Ethiopian border illegally and allying with the armed terrorist organization, ONLF, for October 20, 2011.
The court that looked into the cases of the two Swedish journalists, reporter Martin Schibbye, 31, and photographer Johan Persson , 29, and other two ONLF members indicated that it was impossible to proceed with the trial as the two ONLF members did not appear with their own lawyers while the Swedish journalists had defence counsels to defend them.
ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian national Journalists Union (ENJU) expressed its discontentment over the information published in the “Africa Media Barometer-The first home grown analysis of the media landscape in Africa.” by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).
In a statement it sent to The Ethiopian Herald yesterdayENJU said that it was discontented over the statement that goes “... there are no trade unions of journalist in Ethiopia yet.” in the presence of the (ENJU) in the country.
EASTERN AFRICA JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION (EAJA) June 26, 2011
The president of Djiboutian Journalist Association Kenedid Ibrahim was today summoned by the Djiboutian Communications Minister who insulted and threatened him for questioning the suspension from work of three journalists last week.
The Minister reportedly told the union leader he and his union had no right to question the sacking of the three journalists. The association last week wrote a letter to the Minister demanding a reason for the suspension of the three journalists but he has since not replied.
ADDIS ABABA – Awramba Times, a weekly Amharic newspaper, announced that its deputy editor-in-chief, Wubishet Taye, last Sunday- June 19 June 2011, 3: pm was taken by security forces.
Consequently, the Ethiopian National Journalists Union (ENJU) tried to verify the case and police told the union that Wubishet was arrested because of he is suspected of terrorist acts not his journalistic activities.
Adama /ENJU/ – The Ethiopian National Journalists Union (ENJU) urged the Ethiopian Human Rights commission (EHRC) to further protect human rights of journalists in the country.
This remark was made yesterday at the conclusion of a three-day conference which attracted 100 journalists from all public and private media and held at the Adama town, 99 km East of Addis, organized by ENJU collaboration with EHRC on issues of human rights reporting.