He made the appeal while expressing concern over the recent arrest of groups of bloggers and journalists.
“I am raising a very legitimate concern, we are concerned about any imprisoned journalist here or anywhere else,“ Kerry told reporters on Friday in Addis Ababa after a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.
“The work of journalists, whether print journalism or the Internet or media of other kinds, make societies stronger, more vibrant and ultimately provide greater stability and greater voice to democracy.”
Nine persons including three journalists were arrested last week on charges of alleged criminal activities.
Kerry’s Africa 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)