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Addis Neger (Amharic "New Thing") was an Ethiopian weekly newspaper founded in 2007 by six journalists. It rapidly rose to
prominence due to its presentations of credible and researched viewpoints before its sudden closure in December 2009. [1] It
was one of the few independent voices in Ethiopia. In 2009 all of Addis Neger's editors, including managing editor Mesfin
Negash, executive editor, Abiye Teklemariam, editor-in-chief Tamerat Negera and other contributors and writers quietly
slipped out of the country, fleeing from intimidation. [2]
Allegedly, criminal charges were being prepared and staff were threatened.[3]
Early December 2009, when all six of its founding editors were safely outside of the country, they announced the closing
down of their newspaper. They claimed that they had learned that the government was preparing to bring charges against
them. [4] It was the culmination of "months of persecution and harassment", they said in a final statement. They feared that the
Ethiopian government was planning a repeat of the crackdown that imprisoned thousands of people after the disputed 2005
election. Military and police officers then killed about 200 opposition protesters, and many journalists and politicians were
jailed for the next two years. According to Reporters Without Borders, websites that criticized the government were blocked,
and even text messaging on cellphones was restricted.
The closure of the paper caused donor countries to issue statements of concern. The European Union called for investigation
of the allegation and those responsible to be hold accountable.[5] The U.S. Embassy issued a statement on December 10
expressing concern that such moves "contribute to a perception that space for independent media in Ethiopia is
constrained.". [6][7]
The Ethiopian authorities dismissed the allegations and claimed that Addis Neger's decision had ulterior political and personal
intentions. In an official statement released by the country's foreign ministry, the government said that the closure of the
newspaper was intended to feed false accusations that independent media space in Ethiopia was constrained [8]

   1.   ^   "Addis Neger: Addis"                                       HUMAN RIGHTS"
   2.   ^   "The Art of War on Ethiopia's Independent Press"        7. ^ "Ethiopia’s Meles Says Aid Allegations ‘Outrageous and
   3.   ^   "Ethiopian editors close paper and flee"                   Stupid’"
   4.   ^   "Ethiopia:closure of newspaper"                         8. ^ "Ensuring the Integrity of Elections in 2010: Is Addis
   5.   ^   "EU on Addis Neger"                                        Neger’s self-closure part of an anti-government campaign?
   6.   ^   "U.S. URGES FURTHER ETHIOPIAN ACTION ON                    "

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