Ethiopia has expelled economist’s The weekly magazine said on Monday that the East African country’s correspondent accused him of taking a “misguided approach” to journalism.
The British magazine defended its correspondent’s work as “professional, impartial and often courageous”, while confirming a statement from the Ethiopian government on Friday ordered his expulsion.
“On 13 May the Ethiopian government withdrew the press recognition of Tom Gardner, economist’s Correspondent in Addis Ababa,” the magazine said in a statement. The reporter was given 48 hours to leave the country.
The Economist said, “The reason for Mr Gardner’s expulsion was that he had a ‘wrong approach’ to reporting, and that he failed to live up to the professional ethics expected of a journalist in some unspecified way.”
On Friday, Ethiopia’s media authority published a letter addressed to Gardner on Twitter, announcing the withdrawal of his press accreditation and inviting the magazine to nominate a new correspondent in the country.
In May 2021, the Ethiopian authorities expelled many times Correspondent Simon Marks.
economist The statement said Gardner had visited the northern region of Tigre, which has been plagued by armed conflict between the federal government and rebels since 2020.
“His reporting from Ethiopia, including the conflict in the northern region of the Tigre, has been professional, impartial and often courageous,” the magazine said.
Earlier this month, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called for Ethiopia to free two journalists, saying they had been accused of “insults against the Constitution” and would face possible death. Had to face punishment.
A few days earlier, the head of Ethiopia’s Human Rights Commission, Daniel Bekele, issued a statement on World Press Freedom Day, expressing concern following the arrest by Ethiopian police of another journalist, Gobez Sisse, a critic of the government.