Journalists, Meaza Mohammed and Eyasped Tesfaye, who were supposedly arrested in connection with the state of emergency are released. No charges were filed against them during their detention and weren’t brought to court.
Eyasped and Meaza were arrested on Dec 8 & 11 respectively without any clear reasons and remained in custody for about 43 days.
Following Meaza’s detention without access to a court heart hearing, her defendants have filed habeas corpus to a federal court. However, the police didn’t appear at court and at another hearing managed to explain to the court in a letter that she couldn’t be brought to court since she was arrested in connection with the state of emergency.
Meaza and Eyasped are among other journalists who were jailed during the state of emergency such as Tamirat Negera, whose case is transferred to the state of emergency command post.
The official reason for their arrest and release is still unclear.
Meaza Mohammed and Eyasped Tesfaye are known to undertake political activism and present reprimanding and critical analysis in their own and other media.
Meaza Mamo is the founder of Roha online media and Eyasped Tesfaye is a co-founder of a YouTube channel Ubuntu.