(DireTube News, Addis Ababa) — Ethiopian Journalist Getachew Shiferaw, who imprisoned for a year and six months, has been freed, his colleague Belay Manaye, told DireTube.
He has released just before some half an hour from the Qilinto Kality Prison.
Getachew accompanied by Belay and his family when he released from the prison.
Getachew Shiferaw was arrested in late December 2015 and charged in May the following year with involvement in the operations of the outlawed anti-government group Ginbot 7.
Getachew spent a one-and-half year jail term on charges of public provocation to commit “crimes against the external security and defensive power” of the state.
Earlier, he had accused of terrorism, but a court struck out the charge and downgraded it to inciting violence which qualified him to get bail under the law, which he later denied.
Getachew, an ex-freelance journalist, was Editor-in-Chief of the Amharic media outlet ‘‘Negere Ethiopia” had arrested on Christmas day in 2015.
International rights groups have continually said, “the Ethiopian authorities are always cracking down not only on opponents but media persons as a means of trying to silence critics.”