Ethiopia risks rolling back media freedom, Amnesty International warns

Ethiopia risks rolling back media freedom, Amnesty International warns

11 July 2019 05:39 pm

The Ethiopian government is risking rolling back the great progress the country made over the last year on media freedom, the Amnesty International organization warns. 

According to the rights group, the Ethiopian government's plans to charge journalists and media outlets for their reporting on the armed forces is a roll back for the days of repression. 

For over a decade, seizing media personnel over allegedly breaching military boundaries for their reporting to the public has been taken into serious course of human rights violations in the country. 

By the end of 2018, not a single journalist or reporter remained behind bars in Ethiopia, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, and in 2019, the country leaped 40 places up the World Press Freedom Index. 

MIAP