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US urges Ethiopia to free jailed journalists

Ethiopia prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn, seen November 10, 2015 with French president Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, is under scrutiny from US officials who called December 30 for his government to release jailed journalistsThe White House demanded that Ethiopia stop using its controversial anti-terror law to jail journalists Wednesday, in an unusually stark rebuke for a key US ally in Africa. National Security Council spokesman Ned Price did not name the reporters the United States is concerned for, but he spoke amid a harsh Ethiopian crackdown on dissent. “We are deeply concerned by the recent arrests of other journalists in Ethiopia,” Price said.

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