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Press Support Group Says Ethiopia Jails 2 More Journalists

An international defender of press freedom says Ethiopia has jailed two former newspaper editors and now has 15 journalists behind bars.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says the two former editors of Amharic - language weekly newspapers were sentenced last week for articles published more than six years ago.

The group says Getachew Simie was given three months in prison for criminal defamation while Leykun Engeda was sentenced to 15 months for allegedly printing false news.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says the Ethiopian government used outdated and illegitimate charges to send the two journalists to jail. It called for their immediate release.

Ethiopian authorities have not commented.

Ethiopia has cracked down on journalists since anti-government protests last month.