Journalist Temesgen Desalegn Has Been Arrested

Security personnel took journalist Temesgen Desalegn, managing director of the Amharic independent weekly “Fitih” Magazine, from his workplace early Thursday morning, according to his colleagues.

According to his colleagues, Temesgen was apprehended by armed security forces dressed in civilian clothes at 11:00 a.m. local time.

Temesgen Desalegn (Amharic: ተመስገን ደሳለኝ) is an Ethiopian journalist. As editor of the independent weekly newspaper Feteh, Desalegn went to court many times and was imprisoned in the past from 2014–2017 as a result of his criticism of the national government, drawing protests on his behalf from the international press freedom groups Committee to Protect Journalists  and Article 19 and from Amnesty International.

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