Two Ethiopian journalists locked up

Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, editor of the weekly, Muslim-oriented newspaper Salafiyya, and Asrat Wedajo, former editor of Seife Nebelbal, a now-defunct weekly that was barred amid the 2005 government crackdown on the press, have begun helping one-year sentences at Kality Prison, outside the capital, Addis Ababa. Wedajo did not have a lawyer, but Ali’s lawyer, Temam Ababulgu, told CPJ he would plea the verdict.

Federal High Court Judge Zewdinesh Asres convict Ali and Wedajo on numerous charges under Ethiopia’s criminal code and its now-obsolete Press Proclamation of 1992, according to Ababulgu.

The 1992 media law was rehabilitated as the Freedom of the Mass Media and Access to Information Proclamation, which formally took effect in December 2008, according to CPJ research.

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