Four News Workers Detained in Ethiopia’s Conflict-Ridden Tigray.

According to their families and employers, two journalists and two translators have been arrested in Ethiopia’s conflict-ridden Tigray.

Tigray was thrown into conflict in November 2020 when the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, launched a military attack against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), accusing the group of attacking federal army camps.

The area has since become a media black hole as reporters were restricted and the internet was shut down.

Authorities accredited seven international media organizations to report in the area, and warned that journalists may face “corrective measures” if they failed to meet local standards.

Fitsum Berhane and Alula Akalu who were working as translators for journalists from AFP news agency and the Financial Times were arrested on Saturday, according to their families.

Temrat Yemane, a journalist, was arrested in Mekelle, Tigray’s capital.

The BBC reported on Monday that one of its journalists, Girmay Gebru, was detained by the military in Mekelle.

The reasons for the arrests are unknown.


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