Journalist forced to flee country
A journalist for the Amharic Reporter, Teshome Niku fled to Kenya after he was beaten and hassled by unidentified persons, the paper reported yesterday. Source close to his family told the Reporter that Teshome might have taken refuge in Kenya, fearing for his life.
Some months ago, he was seized from his home and taken to prison in Gonder for writing about an employment dispute at Dashen Brewery employees, where management allegedly dismissed about 75 staff without following proper procedures, the paper recalled.He was freed on bail after three days of detention but has received many threats since then. He reported about the threats to Arada Sub-city Police station, which seemed to give it a heedless attention. Days later, armed men followed him on his way to his office, held a gun to his head and beat him.
Teshome, who graduated in political science and International Relations from the Addis Ababa University, has been working as a senior reporter for the paper.
In the past few years, many other Ethiopian journalists have been beaten, jailed, threatened with death while doing their job.