Medihane Ekubamichael, product editor at Addis Normal publication
By Mahlet Fasil @MahletFasil
Addis Abeba, November 09/2020 – Members of Addis Abeba and federal police officer have on Saturday arrested Medihane Ekubamichael, product editor at Addis Normal publication.
Jakenn Publishing PLC, the publishers of Addis Normal publication, confirmed that Medihane was arrested and initially taken to undisclosed location on Saturday November 07, from his home in Addis Abeba. Medihane was at an everyday editorial assembly on Saturday till 2:30 PM native time with the remaining workers members within the workplace.
Medihane was introduced this morning on the Federal First Immediate Courtroom the place the police obtained 14 days to remand him and examine him. The police accused Medihane of “attempts to dismantle the constitution through violence,” and “outrage against the constitution.” He’s at present held at Addis Abeba Police in Piassa.
The police have arrested him and not using a warrant, however returned to his residence on Sunday and searched the home within the absence of his spouse, who was making an attempt to find his whereabouts. Police have confiscated his passport, ID playing cards, and private laptop computer from the home.
“Medihane is an essential part of our newsroom and has proved his journalistic integrity at a time when independent media is increasingly under pressure from different interest groups. We urge the police to expedite his release. His absence at this critical moment when journalism is needed more than anytime else will greatly affect our ability to provide timely information,” stated Tsedale Lemma, Editor-in-Chief of Addis Normal publication.
The polcie have obtained 14 days to remand and examine Medihane. His subsequent listening to is is adjourned till November 22.
Medihane is the second journalist to be arrested and introduced to courtroom because the federal authorities’s navy offensive in Tigray area was introduced in early hours of November 04.
On the identical day the police have arrested Journalist Bekalu Alamirew of Awlo Media, a web-based based mostly media, from his workplace. The police have additionally confiscated the media firm’s tools together with three laptop computer computer systems a tough disk, voice recorders, his cellphone, reminiscence playing cards different paperwork.
On November 06, Bekalu has appeared in courtroom, in keeping with Awlo Media. The police have accused Bekalu of interviewing Tigray area officers, producing reviews undermining the federal government, producing articles with a view to defame the federal government and undermine its credibility in collaboration with international forces, producing articles pictures geared toward inciting inter-communal violence, and inciting a civil conflict. The police have requested 14 days to remand and examine Bekalu, however got 6 days as a substitute. The courtroom has adjourned the following listening to till November 12. AS
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