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Rep. Bass Statement on Journalist Detention and Suspension of Media Outlet in Ethiopia

July 20, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

"I am gravely concerned by the recent detention of journalists in Addis Ababa and the suspension of the Addis Standard newspaper. Arbitrary arrests of journalists and suspensions of news outlets violate freedom of the press, an essential part of democratic governance.  With the unfounded pretext of cracking down on those affiliated with and promoting terrorist groups, these actions by the government of Ethiopia are a clear deviation from the opening of civic space ushered in by Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed when he took office. I urge the Ethiopian government to release the detained journalists, to reinstate the media license of the Addis Standard and to take steps towards supporting a free and independent media."