Free Journalist Mohamed A. Mudey Detained in Ethiopia

Ethiopia imposed 27-year sentence on veteran Somali journalist, Mohamed Aweys Mudey in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Somali journalist Mudey, 48, was accused by the Ethiopian prosecutors of having information about Al-Shabaab operations in Ethiopia and was charged for participating in terror activities. He was arrested in Addis Ababa in November, 2013 and in the month of February, 2014, he was found guilty of charges and imposed sentence as the 4-month period prescribed in the Ethiopia’s anti-terror law to interrogate suspect elapsed.

During his trial, no lawyer or family member was with Mudey, and he was later shifted to an undisclosed place dedicated for people accused of terrorism to serve his jail term.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has stated that the guilty verdict and prison sentence given to veteran Somali journalist, Mohamed Aweys Mudey, is unacceptable and appealed to Ethiopian authorities to quash his sentence and release him with immediate effect. 

"We are dismayed at this unbelievably severe ruling against the respected veteran journalist, Mohamed Aweys Mudey, who is not guilty of any crime," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. "The charges against him are ludicrous and we urge the relevant authorities in Ethiopia to release him immediately and unconditionally."

As pointed out by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law is overly broad and ambiguous; and undermines the international guarantees of freedom of expression, especially through its broad definition of “terrorism”. AFEX is concerned as to how the Ethiopian media environment has been characterized by arrests and prosecution of journalists recently.  

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemned the guilty verdict and prison sentence against veteran Somali journalist Mohamed Aweys Mudey as "outrageous and unacceptable".

“This is a very severe ruling because Mohamed Aweys Mudey is not guilty of anything. The charges against him are ludicrous. We firmly condemn the continued detention of Mudey, and call for his immediate release,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General.

We, the undersigned journalists, news organizations, human rights activists and media freedom advocates call for immediate and unconditional release of Mohamed Aweys Mudey.

Sign the petition and call on the Ethiopian government to release Somali journalist Mohamed Aweys Mudey immediately and unconditionally.

Filing reports for different media houses from Addis Ababa when there were important events concerning Somalia, Mudey used to work for number of media houses in Mogadishu, namely Radio Shabelle, Somaliweyn Radio and Radio Banadir. 

H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn


Prime Minister of Ethiopia


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.



Your Excellency, 


We, the undersigned journalists, news organizations and media freedom advocates are concerned over the 27-year sentence imposed on veteran Somali journalist, Mohamed Aweys Mudey in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


According to the information received from National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Somali journalist Mudey, 48, was accused by the Ethiopian prosecutors of having information about Al-Shabaab operations in Ethiopia and was charged for participating in terror activities.


He was arrested in Addis Ababa in November 2013 and in the month of February 2014, he was found guilty of charges and imposed sentence as the 4-month period prescribed in the Ethiopia’s anti-terror law to interrogate suspect elapsed.


During his trial, no lawyer or family member was with Mudey, and he was later shifted to an undisclosed place dedicated for people accused of terrorism to serve his jail term. He was reportedly tortured at Ethiopia’s Crimes Investigations Sector (CIS).


We condemn recent imprisonment of Somali journalist Mohamed Aweys Mudey & call for his immediate release along with other journalists currently detained in Ethiopia to ensure freedom of press in the country.


Journalist is not a terrorist!


We thank you for your attention.


Yours sincerely,

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