Nairobi, Kenya, - Ethiopian security forces have detained for two weeks without charge the editor of a news magazine and accused him of incitement to terrorism, according to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
It has therefore called on the authorities to release Solomon Kebede immediately and halt their harassment of journalists affiliated with the weekly Ye Muslimoch Guday.
The New York-based CPJ said in the statement on Saturday that police in Addis Ababa, the capital, on 17 January arrested Kebede, managing editor of the now-defunct paper Ye Muslimoch Guday (Muslim Affairs), and took him to the Maekelawi federal detention center.
'Solomon's health is in poor condition and he has been held without access to a lawyer,' the statement said. A court date has been set for 13 February.
CPJ said the arrest was linked to Solomon's columns that had criticised perceived government intrusion in religious affairs.
Solomon had covered demonstrations staged last year by Muslims protesting alleged interference in Islamic Council elections.