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On The Scene: In Ethiopia, 'Are You A Journalist?' is a Loaded Question

Are you a journalist?” the young man asks me as we board the elevator. In Ethiopia, this is a loaded question.  It earned me an extra 45-minute wait at airport immigration as officials thumbed through my passport, pawed through my luggage and asked me what my intentions were. Several international human rights groups have documented the systematic repression of Ethiopian journalists who were openly critical of the ruling party.  About a dozen journalists and bloggers are in...

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