Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Media: Ethiopian journalist jailed for publishing false news

Newswatch.in reports that an editor has been sentenced to one year in prison on a charge of publishing "false news" in a 2002 report attributed to the BBC, which claimed that Ethiopia was training rebels in neighbouring Eritrea.

Abraham Gebrekidan, who edited the now-defunct Amharic-language weekly Politika, was immediately jailed on March 8, several local sources told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Meanwhile, pregnant Internet journalist Frezer Negash was freed from custody on March 10 after a court two days earlier ordered her release on bail, chief prosecutor Shemelis Kemel told CPJ. No formal charges have been brought, but Negash, who had been held since January 27, is still under investigation.