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VOA correspondent arrested

A correspondent for the Amharic service of the Voice of America, Meleskachew Amha has been arrested in connection with printing and studio goods of Addis Broadcasting PLC, owned by Dr. Berhanu Nega and other well known personalities.
The Amharic weekly, Addis Admass reported today that Meleskachew and other four people were detained on Wednesday and kept at the Customs Authority compound near the Ethiopia Hotel for allegedly “trying to transfer duty-free imported goods to a third party.”
Melescahew and the other four suspects who appeared before court yesterday were denied bail, according to Addis Admass. The court granted police twelve more days to conduct further investigation, as per the latter’s request.
The Addis Broadcasting PLC had established a head quarters in Kechene Medanhialem but has gone unoperational for a number of years as it was denied broadcasting licenses and most of the shareholders disbanded after the 2005 election.
Meleskachew has been manger of the PLC for three months.
Dr. Berhanu Nega now leads an oppostion party, Ginbot 7,which the government has designated as a terriorist organization.

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  1. Beweketu
    May 31, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Woyannes is gripped by fear and apprehension.And “Ye feri dula” could be dangerous!

  2. Felagi
    May 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I am not a big fan of his reporting which I found boring and dull. He goes after non-events UN meetings, ignoring important political and social issues. I am little puzzled how the Meles clans are finding him a threat and decided to incarcerate him, whatever reason they might have given. It seems that they are about to incarcerate people who have once talked to Berhanu.

  3. May 31, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    i am surpised how this guy is giving them hell of a life. Is he really dangerous or thay are abunch of scared lot?

  4. sin
    June 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I hear rumors that Melwescahew was black listed by the government for an alleged involvement in providing information for the State Department which angered the Ethiopian the government.

  5. Amasal
    June 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Meles is real good at finding excuse to arrest anyone who isn’t an on good term with.

  6. Ye Ruk
    June 1, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    But to what end?

  7. Sisay
    June 2, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Meles’s and Berekt’s world is a word of slander and smear, of syly innuendo, of the poson pen, hustling, pushing, shoving, the land of smash and grab-anythtig to win.

  8. Zora
    June 2, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Ere Yifte yale!

  9. Rythem
    June 3, 2009 at 7:42 am

    When one transfers a duty free imported item, you either fine him for it or take over the item. You don’t put the person in prison for this.
    But all what is being done is an outrageous injustice, one ethnic group against another, which potentially could put the country into bloodshed.

  10. Gunfan
    June 3, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Don’t overflow things.
    What has this to do with ethnic domination and suppression?
    It is about steering clear of any potential enemy who could threaten the power at Arat Kilo.
    It would be ridicules if you are implying Woyanes are only Tigreans.
    Go to Mekele and find about the plights of people there who are increasingly feeling they were let down by the power at Arat Kilo.

  11. Gunfan
    June 3, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I mean overblow

  12. ETENU
    June 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm


    Arresting one journalist wouldn’t silence others. Kill one and silence thousands is not a modern day political strategy, I thought our prime minister and his crew know better way to deal with wanna be Christian Amanpour journalists.

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