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Media Rights Group Calls for Release of Journalist Detained in Ethiopia

A media rights group is calling on Ethiopia to immediately release a detained journalist who works for a U.S.-based web site that is critical of the government.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says it is disturbed by the detention of Frezer Negash, a correspondent for the Ethiopian Review.

Publisher Elias Kifle says Negash has been held without charges since Friday.

In addition to her work as a journalist, Negash unsuccessfully ran for Ethiopia's parliament in 2005 as an independent candidate.

The New York-based rights group says at least 17 journalists are being detained in Ethiopia.

Addis Ababa recently began a crackdown on the press and opposition groups, charging more than 100 people with treason and other crimes. Among those charged in absentia are the Ethiopian Review's publisher and five Voice of America journalists in Washington.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.