CPJ demands the release of detained Ethiopian blogger,Seyoum Teshome
London, March 10, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Ethiopian authorities on Friday arrested Seyoum Teshome, who publishes the Ethiothinktank blog, the Committee to Protect Journalists has announced.
According to a release by the CPJ on Saturday, Security arrested Seyoum at his home near the Woliso campus of Ambo University, where he lectures.
The reason for his arrest and his whereabouts are not known, according to reports and a statement by the Swiss-based Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia.
Seyoum has been critical in his blog of a six-month state of emergency Ethiopia declared in February.
CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney said: “Ethiopia cannot again use the cloak of a national emergency to round up journalists and stifle critical voices.
“This is the second time that authorities ignored due process to detain Seyoum Teshome. He should be released immediately and unconditionally”.
Seyoum was first arrested in October 2016, days before a previous state of emergency was declared, according to CPJ research.