CPJ Impact

26 Jul

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, July 2012

CPJ calls for release of jailed Ethiopian blogger

CPJ’s condemnation of the trial and conviction of Ethiopian
blogger Eskinder Nega this month has received widespread coverage
in the international media, as has a follow-up story
on the Ethiopian government’s attempts to cover up news of Prime Minister Meles
Zenawi’s failing health.

CPJ joined a coalition of international rights groups,
including the PEN American Center, in calling for the release of Eskinder, who
was sentenced
on vague terror charges. Members of the coalition issued a combination of petitions
and protest letters
in the international media to bring an international focus to the blatant
violations of press freedom in Ethiopia. CPJ board member Charlayne
Hunter-Gault also wrote a blog
on how Ethiopians, especially Eskinder, are being denied the right to exercise
their constitutional rights, such as freedom of expression or freedom of
association.

Through its advocacy, CPJ has helped garner widespread
global attention to the prosecution of journalists in Ethiopia as well as the
country’s restrictions on press coverage of high-ranking officials. Our
advocacy has helped make Eskinder a key symbol in the global fight for press
freedom. 

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/07/cpj-impact-40.php

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