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VOA Reporter out, FM broadcast halted

VOA’s Reporter Melescahew Amha is out on bail. He was granted bail on Friday after spending seventeen days in jail and posting 15,000 birr bail.
Melescahew who covers social, political and human rights issue for the VOA’s Amharic service was arrested on May 27, on charges of attempting to sell duty free equipments along with other six people, a charge, many feel, is bogus and an indictment to silence critical journalists.
It is not clear whether Melescahew would begin work soon or not but for now he seems pleased to join his family. After a few hours of his release, he was quoted as saying that he is happy to have been released but he shouldn’t have been detained in the first place.
The private and international media are under constant pressure from the government and many fears the continuous harassment would threaten the existence of independent media. Last week, the privately owned Sheger FM has been told to cut its broadcast of the Voice of America’s English language service. The local relay of the VOA was taken off over its coverage of Ethiopia.
VOA had an hour program every week days, which include African news and sport reports and Jazz America on Saturday morning.

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  1. Miki
    June 14, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I am sure he will find himself in prison pretty soon. He is one of those that would be cleared of the way in the run up for the 2010 election.

  2. Wone
    June 14, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, the woyanes really hate free speech – and just a journalist at that…

    Remember this the next time some dopey students are shouting at someone speaking on campus

  3. June 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    they take off VOA.But why? Hardly anyone listenes to it.

  4. Responsibilty
    June 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    We are talking about legal issues here.
    You should probably read blogs that base their articles on facts, not poorly formed opinions.

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