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AP statement on Ethiopia freelancer

, by Lauren Easton

UPDATED March 18, 2022: Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Julie Pace issued this statement about AP-accredited freelance journalist Amir Aman Kiyaro, who today appeared in court in Ethiopia and continues to be detained:

The Associated Press is dismayed by the court’s decision today to continue to detain AP-accredited freelancer Amir Aman Kiyaro. He continues to be held without charges. We urge the Ethiopian government to release Amir immediately and end his unjust detention. As we have said, it is clear he is being targeted for his independent journalism.

Here is Pace’s earlier statement from March 10, 2022:

The Associated Press decries in the strongest terms the continued detention of AP-accredited freelance journalist Amir Aman Kiyaro, who has now been held by the Ethiopian government for over 100 days. Kiyaro has not been charged with any crime, and is being held unjustly. As we have said, Kiyaro is an independent journalist who has done important work in Ethiopia on all sides of the conflict. It is clear he is being targeted for his journalism. We once again call on the Ethiopian government to release Kiyaro immediately.

Read the AP news story.