Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Tame reports aren't stopping foreign correspondents from facing threats of expulsion by the Ethiopian government. Last week, some of them travelled to Jijiga with government minders and translators to "investigate" the Ogaden crisis. The journalists were only able to interview people with the permission of the minders.  When  Nicholas Benquista, a reporter for Christan Science Monitor, tried to dig more information independently, the Ethiopian immigration authorities asked him to leave the country within forty eight hours. After intense negotiation the order  of expulsion was changed to final warning  and the journalist was allowed to stay in Ethiopia.
The latest issue of Index on Censorship magazine is rich with articles dealing with cyber censorship. You can find it here. I have contributed to the magazine.

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