Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain
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Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attend a rally on Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, 23 June 2018, YONAS TADESSE/AFP/Getty Images

Significant progress has been made on media freedom in Ethiopia, though there’s still a reluctance to critique the government or ask difficult questions. Hate speech on social media is a serious and growing problem, although the government’s proposed hate speech law raises concerns it may be used to stifle legitimate expressions of dissent.

Journalist Eskinder Nega (C) gestures after being released from Kaliti Prison in Addis Ababa, 14 February 2018; Nega was subsequently re-arrested by Ethiopian authorities, YONAS TADESSE/AFP/Getty Images

In just one month after declaring a state of emergency in the country – the second in two years – Ethiopian authorities arrested 5 journalists, all of whom have been imprisoned before.

Ethiopians living in Germany demonstrate against the Ethiopian government's policies in Berlin, Germany, 22 February 2018 , Adam Berry/Getty Images

Publisher of the Ethiothinktank blog, Seyoum Teshome was arrested on 9 March and his whereabouts are still unknown. CPJ is demanding his unconditional release.