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Ethiopia: Police detain VOA reporter, interpreter
29 May 2012
BY ALICE PURKISS

Ethiopian Police have detained two journalists who were working for US funded broadcaster Voice of America (VOA). Peter Heinlein, a VOA correspondent, was arrested along with freelance reporter Simegnish Yekoye and an interpreter. The trio were detained whilst covering a demonstration of Muslims protesting against government interference in religious affairs. They are currently being held in a federal detention centre in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, but no charges have been filed. A police spokesperson said Heinlein was arrested after refusing to show his press accreditation.

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