Ethiopia ar­rests blog­ger crit­i­cal of gov­ern­ment

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AD­DIS ABABA — Ethiopian po­lice have ar­rested a blog­ger who crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment, es­pe­cially its han­dling of the on­go­ing protests in the Oro­mia and Amhara re­gions.

The gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials con­firmed that Sey­oum Teshome, an out­spo­ken univer­sity lec­turer who was fre­quently quoted by in­ter­na­tional me­dia about the anti-gov­ern­ment protests in Ethiopia, was de­tained on Oc­to­ber 1 at his house in Wolisso town in the restive Oro­mia re­gion.

Ethiopia’s gov­ern­ment spokesper­son, Ge­tachew Reda, told the AP yes­ter­day morn­ing that he knew of Sey­oum’s ar­rest and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the rea­sons why.

Days be­fore his ar­rest, Sey­oum told The As­so­ci­ated Press that he was plan­ning to start his doc­toral stud­ies at Ad­dis Ababa Univer­sity and was start­ing up his own blog­ging web­site, Ethio­think­thank. He wrote about Ethiopia’s anti-gov­ern­ment protests on his blog­ging site and Face­book page. — AP.

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