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Release Antoine Galindo – TAEF to Ethiopian Authorities

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TAEF strongly condemns this act of intimidation and urges for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Galindo

The African Editors Forum (TAEF) has asked Ethiopian authorities for the release of French journalist Antoine Galindo who was detained on February 21, 2024, while covering the recent African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa.

In a statement released, Tuesday, 27 February 2024, TAEF strongly condemns this act of intimidation and urges for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Galindo. 

“We urge the Ethiopian government to respect press freedom, a fundamental right enshrined in the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and essential for a healthy democracy,” the release stated.

TAEF also highlighted reported details suggest Mr Galindo was detained without specific charges or justification, a blatant violation of legal procedures and human rights.

It also stated Mr Galindo’s detention sends a chilling message to all journalists in Ethiopia and beyond, creating an environment of fear and self-censorship.

“This incident undermines the crucial role independent journalism plays in holding authorities accountable and informing the public,” TAEF expressed.

TAEF, therefore, demanded Ethiopian authorities immediately release Mr Galindo and return his confiscated belongings.

Also, “the Ethiopian government must guarantee the safety and security of all journalists working in the country, regardless of their nationality or affiliation,” TAEF asserted. 

It is also asked for a thorough and transparent investigation to be conducted into the circumstances surrounding Mr Galindo’s arrest and detention, with those responsible held accountable.

“TAEF stands in solidarity with Mr Galindo and all journalists in Ethiopia and Africa facing unlawful detention or harassment. We urge the Ethiopian government to uphold its international obligations and ensure a free and enabling environment for journalists to carry out their vital work,” the group declared.

TAEF has called on the African Union and international community to pressure the Ethiopian government to release Mr Galindo and uphold press freedom. 

Moreover, the group has asked media organisations and journalists around the world to raise their voices and to demand Mr Galindo’s immediate release.

Source: classfmonline.com/Abenaa Amoanimaa Osei