Former Ethiopian state radio journalist released

11 Jul

Abdulsemed Mohammed (Courtesy Abdulsemed)

Nairobi, July 11, 2012–A veteran Ethiopian state journalist
who was twice imprisoned on vague corruption and copyright charges and recently
convicted on the lesser charge was released today on account of a reduced
sentence, local journalists said.

A panel of judges at the Lideta Federal High Court in the
capital, Addis Ababa, sentenced Abdulsemed
, a former senior producer with government-controlled broadcaster
Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA),
to three and half years in prison but said he could go free on account of time
already served. The judges also put Abdulsemed on probation for two years, the
local journalists said.

from Committee to Protect Journalists

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