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  • Eritrea, Ethiopia worst journalist jailers in Sub-Sahara

    By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

    Eritrea and Ethiopia have respectively continue to become Africa’s leading jailers of journalists, according to a new survey released Thursday by an independent watchdog.

    The US-based Freedom House said governments of the two east African countries continue to show little tolerance to dissent and as a result have the highest number of imprisoned journalists in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Despite the release of 10 imprisoned journalists in 2015, the report said Ethiopia continued to repress all independent reporting, and remained the second-worst jailer of journalists in sub-Saharan Africa, after Eritrea.

    The report noted for the Journalists in East and Southern Africa suffered from a sharp increase in political pressure and violence in 2015.

    In the midst of Burundi’s political crisis in May, which stemmed from the president’s pursuit of a third term, nearly all independent media outlets were closed or destroyed. The loss of these outlets, especially radio stations that had been the main source of information, resulted in a dearth of reporting on critical issues. Extensive intimidation and violence against journalists by the regime of President Pierre Nkurunziza and his supporters drove many into exile.

    According to the report for East Africa, the run-up to early 2016 elections in Uganda featured an increase in harassment of journalists attempting to cover opposition politicians. In Kenya, greater government pressure in the form of repressive laws, intimidation, and threats to withdraw state advertising resulted in a reduction in critical reporting on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his cronies.

    Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan. South Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti were listed amongst the last 20 African countries designated by the group as not free Media.

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  • Tom Saintfiet: “Money isn’t an issue, I want to coach Ethiopia and can start immediately!”

    By Zecharias Zelalem

    Former Namibia, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Malawi, Ethiopia and Togo national team coach Tom Saintfiet believes he is the best option to succeed the recently fired Yohannes Sahle as Ethiopian national team coach.    

    Yohannes Sahle, has finally been given the sack after a poor run of results saw Ethiopia exit the 2016 CHAN tournament prematurely, and her AFCON aspirations take severe and possibly fatal blows.

    But while most Ethiopian football fans have a somewhat glum outlook on what the future of Ethiopian football offers, Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet believes things look much brighter than what they appear to be. The man who completed his coaching badges and became the youngest professional head coach in Belgium at age 24 says there’s much more than meets the eye when it comes to the talent at Ethiopia’s disposal. Saintfiet spoke in detail with Ethiosports over what he saw as an opportunity to do things the right way.

    “For the next four years or so, Ethiopia will still have a host of experienced players who were at the 2013 AFCON, as well as a crop of young growing talent,” Sainfiet says. “This local combination of newcomers and established players, combined with the foreign based talent means we can create a strong mix of talent and experience that can serve the country for many years.”

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  • South Sudan: 32 kidnapped Ethiopian children recovered

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Authorities in South Sudan said they have recovered 32 of the 125 Ethiopian children who the Ethiopian government said were abducted from its Gambela region two weeks ago during a deadly cattle raid blamed on a South Sudanese militia.

    Ogato Chan, acting governor of South Sudan's Boma state which borders Gambela, told Associated Press Saturday that local chiefs collected the children from three villages in Likuangole County where the raiders had dropped them off. Chan said the recovered children will be brought to state capital Pibor then sent to Juba to be repatriated to Ethiopia.

    "The chiefs are looking for the rest of the children," he said.

    Ethiopia's government said 208 people died in the April 15 raid and blamed the attack on an ethnic Murle militia from South Sudan.

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  • 50 of Abducted Ethiopian children recovered in South Sudan

    A Week ago Attackers Enter Ethiopian Border, Killed more than 200 and abducted Ethiopian children in Gambella. They also took more than 2,000 livestock.

    According to source in Gambella just told DireTube some 50 of our abducted children have been recovered in South Sudan. We are currently Working on the details and trying to confirm with government officials.

    President of the Gambella region, however, said today that he doesn't know anything about this. Gatluak Tut told DireTube that he has not been notified about the recovery of the children and added he still don't know anything about the recovery of the Ethiopian kids.

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  • US Doctors for Africa awarded the US Ambassador to Ethiopia

    By Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent

    (DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) – The medical charity, US Doctors for Africa, has awarded the US Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach on Thursday evening in Addis Ababa. The event, which was attended by hundreds of people all walks of life, has recognized Ambassador Patricia’s endeavor in Ethiopia.

    “I didn’t actually choose diplomacy. I wanted to combine my love for travel and my goal of visiting every country in the world,” Ambassador Haslach said after receiving the Award. “Diplomacy combines both of those and that will be the message I will give to young women who are just about to enter their careers in the Foreign Service. It is a great job. I can’t believe somebody actually pays me for it.” The Founder and Executive Chairman of US Doctors for Africa, Ted Alemayehu, said the Ambassador has done many outstanding activities that has made her the prime choice for Thursday’s award, which was held at the Capital Hotel.

    Ambassador Patricia Haslach has been credited for many outstanding achievements in the past. She began her diplomatic career in 1986 and was appointed as the U.S. Senior Official for APEC, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, in June 2007. On April 29, 2008, she was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to APEC. Prior to her current position, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from May 2004 to May 2007. Ms. Haslach previously served as the Director, Office for Afghanistan, responsible for overseeing a multi-billion-dollar reconstruction program for Afghanistan.

    Prior to this, she served as the Economic Counselor in Islamabad, Pakistan. Her other foreign assignments have included service as the Agricultural Attaché in New Delhi, India, Political Officer in the US Mission to the European Union, and Resource Officer in Lagos, Nigeria, and Jakarta, Indonesia. In 1997 Ms. Haslach received the Sinclaire Award for the study of a hard language. In 1999 she was selected as the winner of the Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance, and in 2002 she was awarded the Director General’s Award for Impact and Originality in Reporting.

    A native of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Ms. Haslach earned her BA in Political Science from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and a Master in International Affairs and Certificate on Western Europe from Columbia University, New York. Her languages are French, Italian and Indonesian. Ambassador Patricia Haslach was sworn in as the US Ambassador to Ethiopia on August 4, 2013. She has been credited for many outstanding achievements in the past.

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  • US Reminder on Ethiopia’s Charges of Terrorism against Political Leaders

    The United States is deeply concerned by the Government of Ethiopia’s recent decision to file terrorism charges against Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) First Vice-Chairman Bekele Gerba and others in the Oromia  region who were arrested in late 2015.

    We again urge the Ethiopian government to discontinue its reliance on the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation law to prosecute journalists, political party members, and activists, as this practice silences independent voices that enhance, rather than hinder, Ethiopia’s democratic development.

    We commend Ethiopian officials for pledging to address legitimate grievances from their citizens and acknowledging that security forces were responsible for some of the violence that took place during the protests in Oromia; however, the government continues to detain an unknown number of people for allegedly taking part in these protests and has not yet held accountable any security forces responsible for alleged abuses. This undermines the trust and confidence needed to produce lasting solutions.

    We urge the Ethiopian government to respect due process of those detained by investigating allegations of mistreatment, by publicly presenting the evidence it possesses against them, and by distinguishing between political opposition to the government and the use or incitement of violence. We reaffirm our call on the government to protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of its citizens, including the right to participate in political parties, and we urge the Government to promptly release those imprisoned for exercising these rights.



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