CAJ Calls Out Ethiopian Authorities Over Arrest Of French Journalist

The Congress of African Journalists (CAJ) has called out the Government of Ethiopia  to release French journalist Antoine Galindo with immediate effect.

The journalist was unfairly arrested and detained on Thursday, 22 February according to reports.

Antoine Galindo works for African Intelligence, a news portal based in Paris. Security officials in plain clothes accosted and detained the journalist in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa.

Giving voice to the journalist’s arrest the International President of the Congress of African Journalists (CAJ), Mr. Michael Adeboboye said: “the arrest is condemnable and urged for the immediate release of the journalist. Arresting a journalist for carrying out his duties as a journalist must be resisted”

According to Galimdo’s lawyer, he was detained at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel while interviewing Bate Urgessa, a political officer with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), a party legally recognized in Ethiopia.

According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) :” Ethiopia is the second-worst jailer of journalists in sub-Saharan Africa, with at least eight journalists behind bars on December 1, 2023. The eight are still jailed, with four of them detained as a result of a state of emergency declared on August 4 in response to the conflict in Amhara state and have never been charged or brought to court.”

The Congress of African Journalists (CAJ), is a unique network of African journalists with a presence in the diaspora and across the globe.

Credit: firstnewsroom.com

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