x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Ethiopia detains journalist reporting Nile dam evictions

The Committee to Protect Journalists says Ethiopian authorities have detained a reporter covering evictions near the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile that is raising tensions with Egypt.

JOHANNESBURG // The Committee to Protect Journalists says Ethiopian authorities have detained a reporter covering evictions near the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile that is raising tensions with Egypt.

It said Muluken Tesfahun of the private weekly Ethio-Mehedar has been held since May 4.

The New York-based committee said Mr Tesfahun was reporting on the return of thousands of farmers who had been forced from their land near the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The government has admitted the March evictions were illegal.

Another journalist who reported on alleged coercion to force government workers to contribute to the $4.3 billion (Dh15.7bn) project was tried for terrorism and sentenced to two years' jail.