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Rights Groups Demand Release of Ethiopian Journalists Facing Death Penalty over War Coverage

HeadlineMay 03, 2022

The Committee to Protect Journalists is demanding the release of Ethiopian journalists Dessu Dulla and Bikila Amenu. The pair face the death penalty on charges of “outrages against the constitution” after they documented wars and human rights abuses committed in Ethiopia’s Tigray and Oromia regions. The call for their release came ahead of World Press Freedom Day, which is being observed today. 

At the Vatican, Pope Francis paid tribute to journalists during his weekly address on Sunday. 

Pope Francis: “On May 3, UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day will be celebrated. I pay homage to journalists who pay in person for this right. Last year 47 journalists were killed and more than 350 were jailed around the world. A special thanks to those who, with courage, keep us informed about humanity’s wounds.”

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