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US expresses concern over arrest of journalists using anti-terror legislation in Ethiopia

The White House expressed concern regarding the arrest of journalists in Ethiopia using anti-terror legislation in a statement on Wednesday.

The National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price said,

“We are deeply concerned by the recent arrests of other journalists. We urge the Ethiopian government to release journalists and all others imprisoned for exercising their right to free expression, to refrain from using its Anti-Terrorism Proclamation as a mechanism to silence dissent.”

On a visit to Ethiopia in July US President Barack Obama stressed the need for Ethiopia to ease restrictions on journalists and opposition groups, reports Reuters.

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