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    US Wants Journalists Detained in Ethiopia Set Free

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    The United States has urged Ethiopia to free all journalists detained by the state and stop using its controversial anti-terror law to silence dissent.

    National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday the U.S. is "deeply concerned by the recent arrests of other journalists in Ethiopia." He urged "the Ethiopian government to release journalists and all others imprisoned for exercising their right to free expression."

    In October, Washington welcomed the release of a group of dissident bloggers and journalists, but on Wednesday the White House warned Ethiopia against new arrests.

    Price said Washington "has consistently applauded Ethiopia for being a model and a voice for development in Africa." But he cautioned Addis Ababa that "such gains must rest on a foundation of democratic governance and respect for human rights if they are to be sustainable."

    Price did not name the reporters the United States is concerned about, but he spoke amid a harsh Ethiopian crackdown on dissent.

    On Saturday, Human Rights Watch reported that Ethiopian security forces had killed at least 75 demonstrators during weeks of regional anti-government protests.

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    by: Suzy Q. from: New York, NY
    January 01, 2016 6:23 AM
    Hypocrisy. U.S. Guantanamo inmates now 15 years detention with trial.
    In Response

    by: Mel from: Sacramento, CA
    January 02, 2016 10:11 AM
    Suzy, I think you meant w/out trial, but point taken.

    by: Tarik A
    December 31, 2015 4:37 PM
    Agree with Wotabo! US "wants" is such a joke. When the US really wants it usually demands!
    This is clearly for show..Ethiopia is strategically well placed for the US to "keep an eye" on Somalia etc. etc..
    I will eat my hat if anything really comes of this...humph

    by: Wotabo Kebede from: Nazareth, Ethiopia
    December 31, 2015 2:39 AM
    It is a futile rhetoric that does not bear fruit. The hearts of the National Security Officials - Susan Rice, Wendy Sherman... are with the regime leaders and not with the repressed Ethiopians for obvious reasons. The US could have imposed sanctions and travel bans had the current crimes were being committed in another unfriendly country.

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