Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma arrested in Ethiopia


Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma arrested in Ethiopia
File image of Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma . PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Juma was arrested while covering protests that erupted in Ethiopia’s Oromia region following the death of musician Hachalu Hundessa.
  • Hundessa who was perceived as an activist for the Oromo ethnic group was shot dead while driving in Adis Ababa on Monday leading to the unrest that has so far claimed close to 80 lives.

Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma has been arrested in Ethiopia.

Juma was arrested while covering protests that erupted in Ethiopia’s Oromia region following the death of musician Hachalu Hundessa.

Hundessa who was perceived as an activist for the Oromo ethnic group was shot dead while driving in Adis Ababa on Monday leading to the unrest that has so far claimed close to 80 lives.

Reports indicate that Yassin Juma was arrested because of his close relationship with the controversial musician, one of few people who have openly criticised Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government.

He is also reported to have close ties with yet another Oromo activist Jawar Mohammed, in who’s media house Juma was working in Addis prior to his arrest Friday.

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