A prominent Ethiopian journalist has been arrested by federal police.
The Federal Police arrested Getachew Shiferaw, the Editor in Chief of Negere Ethiopia Newspaper, today in the morning while he was walking to his office. Some hours later, the journalist was reportedly taken to Meakelaw, the notorious prison in Addis Ababa.
According to a co-worker and close friend, Getachew’s house was searched by security officials right after his arrest.
Getachew Shiferaw is one of few outspoken journalists left in the country. He is known for his critics of Hailemariam Desalegn‘s government.
The arrest of Getachew is part of a large-scale government campaign against journalists and bloggers. Few days ago another journalist was reportdly arrested in Addis Ababa.
According to human right groups, Ethiopia is the leading jailer of journalists and bloggers in Africa next to Eritrea.