The EU on Saturday demanded an investigation into the killing of an Ethiopian journalist early this month and expressed “severe concern” over the expulsion from the nation on Friday of Simon Marks, a reporter who had labored for the New York Instances, POLITICO, and different retailers.
“The EU is critically involved in regards to the shrinking area for freedom of the media and harrassment, arrests in addition to restrictions imposed on Ethiopian and worldwide journalists in Ethiopia,” an EU spokesperson mentioned, in a press release.
“The current information in regards to the killing of 1 journalist from the Oromia Broadcasting Community is totally unacceptable and the case have to be totally investigated,” the assertion mentioned, including: “The expulsion from the nation this week of a journalist from The New York Instances can also be a matter of significant concern.”
Sisay Fida, the reporter for Oromia Broadcasting Community, was shot useless by unidentified attackers within the city of Dembi Dollo within the western a part of the nation, on Could 9. The motive of the killing remains to be unknown. The tv channel is managed by the regional authorities. Oromia is the house area of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and Abiy served on the community’s board of administrators earlier than taking workplace.
Marks, who had reported on atrocities dedicated by the Ethiopian army and its allies within the Tigray area, the place a civil battle has raged for months, was deported from Ethiopia within the early hours of Friday morning. His press accreditation had been rescinded in March and an enchantment was lately denied, although his residence allow within the nation was legitimate till October.
“The European Union will proceed to face up for the position of impartial and dependable media all all over the world,” the EU’s assertion mentioned. “We’re dedicated, in compliance with worldwide human rights regulation, to safeguarding media freedom and pluralism, in addition to defending the proper to freedom of expression on-line and offline, together with freedom to carry opinions and to obtain and impart data with out interference. Freedom of the press is a necessary proper and as such have to be revered.”