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Reporter named in WikiLeaks flees country

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment


An Ethiopian reporter cited in a US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks has fled his country, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says. Argaw Ashine told the US-based media watchdog he was interrogated three times by the authorities this month. They wanted him to reveal the identity of his government source referred to in a 2009 cable about press harassment.
Wikileaks says Mr Argaw was not cited as a US embassy informant and “no journalistic source is named”. But the CPJ says it is the first instance in which a citation in a Wikileaks cables has caused direct repercussions for a journalist.BBC

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