Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Ethiopia Revokes Permits of VOA, Deutsche Welle Journalists

The Ethiopian government said Tuesday evening it has revoked the permits of journalists of Voice of America (VOA) and Deutsche Welle for illegal reporting activities during the post-parliament election process.

The Ministry of Information said in a statement that it revoked the permanent correspondence permits of five of the VOA and Deutsche Welle journalists, which would take effect from Tuesday.

Deutsche Welle is Germany's international broadcaster, using multiple languages for its overseas audiences.

The permits have been revoked after the reports of the journalists on the post-election process have been scrutinized and found "false" and "imbalanced," according to the ministry.

The ministry's press license and inspection department has taken the measure to prevent the illegal and unethical reports from harming the legally protected areas of benefits of huge importance, the statement said.


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