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Ethiopia police arrest French journalist on suspicion of conspiracy to create chaos

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Ethiopian authorities arrested French journalist Antoine Galindo for allegedly “conspiring with armed teams to create chaos” within the nation, his employer introduced Monday.

Safety forces in civilian clothes arrested Galindo on Thursday at a lodge within the capital, Addis Ababa, whereas he was interviewing a political officer of the Oromo Liberation Entrance (OLF), Bate Urgessa. Since then, they’ve each been detained on the Adis Ababa Police Fee within the Bole district. After his arrest, the police introduced Galindo earlier than a choose on Saturday. He requested to be launched on bail, however the court docket rejected his request and prolonged his detention till the following court docket listening to on March 1. The police stated they wanted to maintain the journalist in custody for longer to pursue additional investigations and entry the reporter’s telephone data.

The authorities accused Galindo of conspiring with two armed teams, the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) and Fano militia, to unfold chaos in Ethiopia. In response to Galindo’s employer, regardless of this severe accusation, the police didn’t produce any proof of the fees, and the federal government didn’t touch upon Galindo’s arrest alongside the Ethiopian politician.

Galindo works for Africa Intelligence, a information web site primarily based in Paris that has been current on the African continent since 1981 and revealed by unbiased press group Indigo Publications. He arrived in Ethiopia on February 13 to cowl the African Union summit and different information.

The Committee to Defend Journalists (CPJ) called for the rapid and unconditional launch of Galindo, who was “unjustly” arrested below “alarming circumstances” whereas he was finishing up his “professional journalistic duties.” Indigo Publications group referred to the fees towards Galindo as “spurious accusations” that had no base or proof and identified that the French reporter had a visa authorizing him to work as a journalist and had duly knowledgeable Ethiopian authorities of his task within the nation. CPJ and Indigo Publications take into account the arrest a severe menace to press freedom.

Clashes erupted in Amhara in July 2023 between armed forces and native militia referred to as the Fano. The Fano was a key ally of the Ethiopian Nationwide Protection Power (ENDF) throughout the Tigray War. Nonetheless, the connection between the federal government and the authorities weakened over time, particularly after the 2022 peace deal whereby the Amhara expressed their anguish as they stated that the peace deal failed to handle their safety issues from Tigray and Oromiya. Assaults on journalists and freedom of expression have surged within the East African nation since these tensions within the Amhara area.

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