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Media Rights Group Says Ethiopian Authorities Threatening to Arrest Reporters

The Committee to Protect Journalists says Ethiopian authorities have made statements that could endanger independent reporters covering political violence in Addis Ababa.

The U.S.-based group says the government has threatened to detain members of the Ethiopian Free Press Journalists' Association, as well as reporters it accuses of backing the main opposition party the Coalition for Unity and Democracy.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says Information Minister Berhan Hailu has accused two international radio stations, VOA and Germany's Deutsche Welle, as being mouthpieces for the opposition party.

It quotes Mr. Berhan as saying in the state-run Ethiopian Herald both stations are "bent on destabilizing the peace and stability of the country."

The committee says it was told by local journalists the minister's remarks could endanger the safety of VOA and Deutsche Welle reporters in Ethiopia.