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Correction: Ethiopia-Nile Dam story

Friday - 6/7/2013, 5:40am  ET

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- In a story May 31 about the detention of an Ethiopian journalist, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the writer was "near" the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam when he was reporting on the return of evicted farmers from land. The Committee to Protect Journalists had said he was reporting "in a region" in which the dam is being constructed but Mohamed Keita, CPJ's Africa advocacy coordinator, says at least 100 kilometers (62 miles) separate the site of the dam construction from the site of these evictions. CPJ said it incorrectly identified the reporter as Muluken Tesfahun instead of Muluken Tesfaw. It said Tesfaw since has been released and has said that his arrest was not related to the dam construction.

A corrected version of the story is below:

CPJ: Ethiopia detains reporter

CPJ: Ethiopia detains reporter covering evictions in province of controversial Nile hydro dam

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists says Ethiopian authorities detained a reporter covering evictions in the same province as the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam that is raising tensions with Nile-dependent Egypt.

It says Muluken Tesfaw of the private weekly Ethio-Mehedar was detained on May 4.

The New York-based group says Tesfaw was reporting on the return of thousands of farmers who had been forced from their land in the same province as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The government has acknowledged the March evictions were illegal.

Another journalist who reported on alleged coercion to force government workers to contribute to the $4.3 billion project was tried for terrorism and sentenced to two years' jail.

The dam may affect flows of water to Egypt, which has no other water source.


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