Ethiopia: John Kerry raised concerns over the detention of bloggers

May 2, 2014

Ethiopia growth strains expose political fault-lines

US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday raised concerns with the Ethiopian government about the detention in the past week of several journalists and bloggers. A number of opposition Blue Party members were also arrested last week ahead of a planned demonstration. US and other donor influence on the question of media freedom and repression of opposition is fairly limited, despite Ethiopia’s dependence on foreign aid. Nevertheless, the recent clampdown — coming amid a wave of protests by students at universities in the Oromo regional state against the pace of the capital city Addis Ababa’s expansion — highlights tensions created or exacerbated by the aggressive growth policies of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

Secretary Kerry Speaks During News Conference in Ethiopia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference on May 1, 2014, that followed a round of government meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the outset of the six-day trip through Africa. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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One Response to Ethiopia: John Kerry raised concerns over the detention of bloggers

  1. Lencha

    May 5, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Why John Kerry silent about Oromo student killings in his presence? When the founders of democracy forgotten it, the oppressed must intensify their protest to verify juist done in any way

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