Reuters Cameraman Arrested by Ethiopian Police

Kumerra Gemechu, a Reuters cameraman who has covered the Tigray conflict in Ethiopia has been arrested last December 28 by police for unknown reasons.

Kumerra Gemechu, a Reuters cameraman who has covered the Tigray conflict in Ethiopia has been arrested last December 28 by police for unknown reasons.

According to his employers, Kumerra had been arrested in his own home in front of his wife and children.

Kumerra’s family said police handcuffed Kumerra and took him away while his phone and computer were also taken.

After being taken away, Kumerra was present at a court hearing last Friday with no legal representative.

Kumerra was given 14 days by the judge at the trial to give police time to investigate but did not charge him with any crime.

“Kumerra is part of a Reuters team that reports from Ethiopia in a fair, independent, and unbiased way. Kumerra’s work demonstrates his professionalism and impartiality, and we are aware of no basis for his detention,” said Reuter’s Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler.

Police have given no reason for the arrest and it is unclear if it was connected to the coverage of the Tigrayan conflict.

Kumerra’s arrest came almost two weeks after two Ethiopian police officers assaulted Reuters photographer Tiksa Negeri.


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