Two Swedish and three Ethiopian journalists charged with terrorism

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the charges of “terrorist activities” which, according to Ethiopian government spokesman Shimeles Kemal yesterday, were brought against Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye of the Kontinent news agency when they appeared before an Addis Ababa court on 6 September.Two Ethiopian journalists – Wubeshet Taye, the deputy editor of the weekly Awramba Times, and Reyot Alemu, a columnist for the Amharic-language weekly Fitih – were also formally charged under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law in a separate case the same day. They are all facing the possibility of life imprisonment.A third Ethiopian journalist, Elias Kifle, the editor of the Washington-based Ethiopian Review website, was charged in absentia with terrorism as the other two Ethiopians. He lives in the United States and is the only one of the five journalists who is not currently detained in Ethiopia.“These charges confirm the fears we voiced when the Ethiopian authorities adopted the anti-terrorism law in the summer of 2009,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government is using the law against journalists who create problems by daring to criticize it or by doing investigative reporting in remote areas where rebels are active. We urge the government to drop these serious but absurd charges and release these four journalists at once.”Jesper Bengtsson, the president of the Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders added: “I had long hoped that the Ethiopian authorities would realize the absurdity of these terrorism charges. The Swedish government must now ask itself whether the ‘silent diplomacy’ it has been using until now is really the most effective way to obtain their release.”Schibbye, a reporter, and Persson, a photographer, were arrested on 1 July after illegally entering Ethiopia’s southeastern Ogaden region from Somalia with members of the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) with the aim of investigating human rights violations in the region. The Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders responded by creating a support fund for them.Government spokesman Kemal told the news agency Bloomberg that, as well as “terrorist activities,” they were also accused of “supporting terrorists and providing them with professional aid” and “entering a sovereign country without a valid visa or legal authorization.” During the 6 September hearing, the prosecutor screened a propaganda video in support of the charges, one that was posted on the Caakara News website a few days after their arrest.The two Ethiopian journalists were arrested in June, Wubeshet on 19 June and Reyot two days later. Reporters Without Borders wrote to the prime minister on 25 August voicing concern about their deteriorating health and calling for their immediate release. The letter also requested an investigation into the conditions in which they have been held.Photo : Martin Schibbye / Johan Persson (Radio Sweden) News February 10, 2021 Find out more September 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Swedish and three Ethiopian journalists charged with terrorism News Follow the news on Ethiopia May 18, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia EthiopiaAfrica May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information EthiopiaAfrica Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Organisation last_img read more

Tiger Woods files motion to dismiss wrongful death lawsuit

first_imgTiger Woods has filed a motion to dismiss the wrongful death suit filed by the family of a bartender at his Florida restaurant.Nicholas Immesberger worked at The Woods Jupiter, and the lawsuit claims the golfer, his girlfriend who was the general manager and the staff knew he was an alcoholic and allowed him to drive drunk after a shift in December.Immesberger died in a crash, and attorneys for his family say the restaurant destroyed evidence showing him drinking for three hours before he left.In his motion to dismiss, Woods claims he has no connection to the incident.Additionally, he claims that he is an investor in a company that owns The Woods, but doesn’t work at or own the restaurant and wasn’t there the day of the crash.Related content:Tiger Woods and Girlfriend Accused of Over-serving Alcohol and Destroying Evidence at Jupiter Restaurantlast_img read more

Gay people are not abused in Barbados says Attorney General

first_imgGays in Barbados Barbados’ Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has moved to dispel a notion that homosexuals and lesbians were being targeted for abuse across the island.Speaking during a courtesy call with Canadian High Commissioner Marie Legault at his Wildey, St Michael office, Brathwaite maintained that although buggery was still illegal in Barbados, this did not impact two consenting adults.He pointed out that Barbados remained one of the Caribbean islands where gay persons could exist without fearing for their lives and  stressed that citizens have always been aware and very “tolerant” of same-sex relations within the society.However, Brathwaite noted that he did not expect to see a “Caribbean consensus” on same-sex relations any time soon, given the wide-ranging viewpoints of each island nation.While acknowledging that Canada “thrives on diversity”, High Commissioner Legault stated that she hoped Barbados would eventually come to a place where it was “different from the rest of the Caribbeanlast_img read more