Posts tagged Ethiopia

Ethiopia harasses Voice of America and its sources

"Police in the capital, Addis Ababa, briefly detained Marthe Van Der Wolf, a reporter with the U.S. government-funded broadcaster Voice of America as she was covering a protest by members of Ethiopia’s Muslim community at the Anwar Mosque, local journalists said. The protesters were demonstrating against alleged government interference in Islamic Council elections scheduled for Sunday, according to VOA and local journalists."

Ethiopia Releases VOA Correspondent, Drops Charges
"We were interrogated by a police officer who told us that we had engaged in illegal reporting. They say that this is a problem area that we had gone into, and that reporters had no business going in there," said Peter Heinlein, a veteran VOA correspondent.

Ethiopia Releases VOA Correspondent, Drops Charges

"We were interrogated by a police officer who told us that we had engaged in illegal reporting. They say that this is a problem area that we had gone into, and that reporters had no business going in there," said Peter Heinlein, a veteran VOA correspondent.

We are aware of reports that VOA correspondent Peter Heinlein was detained today in Addis Ababa. The safety and welfare of our reporters is our utmost concern and we are working to gather more information about Mr. Heinlein’s status. We have been in contact State Department officials and will release details as soon as they are available. We urge Ethiopian authorities to allow Mr. Heinlein to carry out his journalistic responsibilities without interference.