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VOA Condemns Ethiopia for Treatment of Reporters

The Voice of America is calling on the Ethiopian government to immediately restore accreditation to VOA reporters covering this week's election-related protests.

Director David Jackson Friday called the action unwarranted and urged Ethiopian authorities to allow reporters to continue bringing uncensored news to VOA audiences in Africa and around the world.

The three VOA reporters, and two German radio reporters, were covering this week's demonstrations in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, where police opened fire on protesters, killing at least 26 people. Hundreds of others, including opposition leaders, have been arrested.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia's rival parties signed a deal Friday to end the clashes, which also includes an agreement on how to probe claims of electoral fraud.

Initial results indicate the ruling party won a majority,but opposition groups say the vote was rigged and declared victory.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.