The incident that happened to artist Solomon Bogale


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Tadias Addis - The incident that happened to artist Solomon Bogale. Article 29 of the Ethiopian constitution explicitly guarantees freedom of the press and provides that the press shall, as an institution, enjoy legal protection to ensure its operational independence and its capacity to entertain diverse opinions. This provision is a replica of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). 

 

Article 29 enshrines the right to hold opinions without interference as well as the right to freedom of expression without any interference including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information through any media of one’s choice. It also prohibits any form of censorship and stipulates that any citizen who violates any legal limitations on the exercise of these rights may be held liable under the law.

 

It has been some 30 years since privately-owned newspapers and magazines first hit the streets following the enactment of a law allowing the private sector to engage in journalism. Privately operated radio and television stations joined the market much later. There is no denying that the private press has made a useful contribution during these years despite the raft of hurdles it faced along the way. 

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