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Amare Aregawi freed

With an outcry from international media right groups and political circles within the government itself, editor in chief of the Reporter, Amare Aregawi was freed last night. He was freed on 300 Birr bail after six days of detention. Amare was given a warm welcome at his office this afternoon.

He was arrested last Friday on charges of misreporting facts in connection with a story published in the Reporter about Dashen Brewery a month ago. His was the latest case in the spring wave of arrests of journalists despite continued criticism of the government’s suppression of freedom of the press.

The story in question was written by a young reporter Teshome Enku quoting two former Dashen brewery employers as saying they were wrongfully dismissed.

Why such mundane reporting would be taken as a crime struck some people as odd. It rather shows the paranoid atmosphere the government is in.

It is widely rumored that the prime Minister’s adviser and Dashen Brewery’ board chairman, Bereket Simon is leading a campaign to play tough with the media.

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