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Ethiopia's government has formally charged 131 political opponents, journalists, and others with crimes ranging from treason to genocide.

About 50 of the defendants were present as prosecutors filed the charges in an Addis Ababa courtroom on Dec. 21. Many of those absent from the proceeding were outside the country.

Among the defendants are five Voice of America journalists in Washington. The VOA staffers have been charged with involvement in an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

Journalist Negussie Mengesha, one of the five charged, and VOA Director David Jackson both rejected the charges, with Mr. Jackson calling them "an obvious attempt to intimidate our reporters."

The defendants in Ethiopian custody include politicians from the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy as well as 14 Ethiopian journalists. The charges are related to anti-government riots in June and November in which more than 80 people were killed.

Opposition groups claim the government rigged national elections in May. Some of the charges filed Wednesday carry a penalty of death.

Statement by VOA Director on Charges Against VOA Journalists

Washington, Dec. 22, 2005 –Voice of America Director David S. Jackson issued the following statement today in response to Ethiopian government charges of treason against five VOA journalists:

“These charges are false and are an obvious attempt to intimidate our broadcasters. The Voice of America has a worldwide reputation for the quality and reliability of our journalism, and we stand by our reporters.”

One of the most popular international broadcasters into Ethiopia, the Voice of America has been broadcasting in Amharic since 1982.

VOA recently added two additional broadcast frequencies for Amharic after learning that its broadcasts into Ethiopia were being jammed.

An arbitration commission at The Hague has ruled that Eritrea violated international law when it invaded northern Ethiopia in May 1998.

The ruling from the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission said the attack could not be justified as lawful self-defense under the United Nations charter.

Since the signing of a peace treaty in 2000, the two nations have allowed U.N. peacekeepers along their shared border to help prepare for formal demarcation.

Ethiopia continues to call for more talks on demarcation, while Eritrea has insisted that it will not talk until Ethiopia accepts the border ruling issued in 2003.

Earlier this month, both countries moved troops closer to the border, while Eritrea ordered U.N. peacekeepers from the United States, Europe and Canada to leave. The developments have sparked worries that another armed conflict over the border could occur.

The border conflit between 1998 and 2000 killed some 70,000 people.

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