Kerry frowns at Ethiopia’s crackdown on journalists




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ADDIS ABABA – U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry has Ethiopian Government encourage more freedom for Civil Society Organisations and journalists.

He made the appeal while expressing concern over the recent of groups of bloggers and journalists.

“They need create greater for citizens be able engage with their fellow citizens and with their government by opening up more space for civil society.

“I am raising a very legitimate concern, we are concerned about any imprisoned journalist here or anywhere else,“ Kerry told reporters in Addis Ababa after a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.

He the Ethiopia government a free press as an essential precursor legitimate democracy.

“The work of journalists, whether print journalism or the or of other kinds, societies stronger, more vibrant and ultimately greater stability and greater voice to democracy.”

Nine persons including three journalists were arrested last week charges of alleged criminal activities.

groups say journalists and bloggers were targeted in a sweeping crackdown against with several journalists sentenced under controversial anti-terror legislation.

“We should not use the anti-terrorism proclamation as mechanisms to be able to curb the free of ideas,” Kerry, who is a three-nation visit to including Ethiopia, cautioned.

Kerry’s tour to Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola is expected to address some of the deadly conflicts in several countries including South Sudan and the Central African Republic. (NAN)