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YASSIN JUMA STILL INCARCERATED IN ETHIOPIA Featured

Veteran Kenyan Investigative journalist Yassin Juma has now been held in detention for over 30 days by the Ethiopian Authorities. 

Last Tuesday while appearing for third time before the Addis Ababa law courts, the prosecution asked for 8 more days to conclude investigations. 

Yassin Juma says the prosecution has now brought in new charges 'they have now brought in new charges after the court ordered for specific charges for my case' Juma told horn24news reporter Behailu Mesfin. 

'Now am being accused of hacking Ethiopia Government satellite and sharing confidential information with international organisations and unnamed foreign countries '. Juma adds 

Yassin Juma arrived in Addis Ababa on January 20th this year to produce a television news series about Ethiopia for the UK based SKYNEWS. 

However following the closure of borders due to corona virus, Yassin was asked by the Oromia Development Association together with the Oromia North America Association and the state affiliate Oromia Broadcasting Network OMN to produce a documentary feature film on the launch of Ethiopia E-Learning system with filming in five schools. 

'I was in the process of documentation of the project that was flagged off and launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. 

Yassin Juma has been held in the same cell with two other journalists Melese Diribsa and Guyo Wario. Also in the cell are politicians Skander, Jawar, Getnet and ex minister Wehed. Some children have also been incarcerated with at least 3900 other people arrested following the chaos that followed the death of Hachalu Huundessa. 

Yassin Juma remains hopeful and encouraged by the support and online campaign #FreeYassinJuma. 

'I am grateful for the online campaign and to the Committee For The Protection of Journalists CPJ and all those calling for my release. 

This is what has kept me going thirty days in incarceration '.

We in horn24news call for the release in detention of Yassin Juma in Ethiopia. 

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