The press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders has called for the immediate release of three journalists detained by the Ethiopian government.

In a letter addressed to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Wednesday, the group also demanded changes in the country's press law and criminal codes to ease what it called "harsh restrictions" on the media.

The three editors of independent weeklies were jailed for publishing articles that allegedly include libel against the head of government and indecent material.

The Ethiopian Association of Journalists of the Free Press says about a dozen journalists are currently facing prosecution by the government in Addis Ababa.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.