• In early August, two journalists from Radio Bilal detained for a week. The radio station has had extensive coverage of Muslim protests against government interference in religious matters.

    Through the use of anti-terror law and private law organizations, the criticisms of Ethiopia’s government stifled. Threats have led to many of the country’s leading human rights activists have fled the country.The organization Committee to Protect Journalists, based in the U.S., believes that 79 Ethiopian journalists have been forced to leave the country in recent years.
    Last year, 30 activists and opposition politicians convicted under the vague and extensive terrorist law. It has also been used against 11 journalists since 2011. HRW wrote in its annual report that they continue to document the use of torture on several police stations in both Addis Ababa and the regions. Amnesty reports that security forces have executed suspects in several parts of the country where there are attempts at resistance against the regime.
    The next parliamentary elections in Ethiopia to take place in 2015.

    VOICE FOR FREEDOM: Ethiopia: New punches to silence 
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