Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma is yet to be released from custody in Ethiopia despite a court order granting him bail.
Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa, which represents about 450 international journalists in the region, is now calling for his immediate release.
“An update on Yassin Juma – The FCAEA understands that Juma has not been released despite a court order granting him bail last Thursday. The FCAEA calls on Ethiopian authorities to release Juma immediately as per court instructions. #freeyassinjuma @ForeignOfficeKE @KenyaEmbAddi,” the association tweeted.
An Ethiopia court last week ordered the release of Juma on bail.
In addition, Ethiopia’s OMN journalist Melese Diribsa and three other individuals were also bailed.
This was after police failed to present evidence to prove that the individuals committed a crime, according to their defence team.
Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma is still being held in #Ethiopia The FCAEA calls on the Ethiopian authorities to #FreeYassinJuma & we stand behind all independent journalists in Ethiopia #journalismisnotacrime. Please share widely with your networks @Foreignofficeke @KenyaEmbAddis pic.twitter.com/3y7SiwLu7z
— FCAEA (@FCAEA) July 27, 2020
Juma was arrested while covering protests that erupted in Ethiopia’s Oromia region following the death of musician Hachalu Hundessa.
He was being detained at Sostegna Police Station in Ethiopia.
Hundessa who was perceived as an activist for the Oromo ethnic group was shot dead while driving in Addis Ababa, leading to the unrest that has so far claimed close to 80 lives.
And despite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo saying that Juma was in good health after a visit by a consular officer, the journalist was said to have developed health complications.
Abdulatif Elemo, one of the eight lawyers representing a group of over 30 suspects arrested during the skirmishes, said Juma was feeling ill and had developed a fever while in detention.