Following the recent disruption regarding the content of media various joirnalists have been detained without any explanation.
Journalist Meaza Mohammed was taken from her house in Addis Ababa Nifas Silk Sub city, without any allegation of any sort. she is the co-founder of online media outlet, Roha media and previously worked at Abay Media.
In addition, Journalist Tamrat Negera, editor-in-chief, of Terara Network was taken from his own home by police. The police searched the journalist’s home, and office and confiscated all the necessary media equipment, including laptops, computers, recorders,flash disks, and other equipment.
There has been a rapid rise in the number of Ethiopian journalists behind bars over the past four years, from none in 2018 to one in 2019 and seven in 2020.
The census accounts for all those journalists incarcerated as of 1 December 2021, and does not include those imprisoned and released throughout the year.
This is the second year in a row that the CPJ has reported a record number of journalists imprisoned.