Ethiopia jails blogger, reporters, opposition figures

Nairobi (Keydmedia) - Twenty Ethiopians, including a prominent blogger, journalists and opposition figures were jailed for between eight years to life on Friday on charges of conspiring with rebels to topple the government.
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Rights groups condemned the sentences and the Committee to Protect Journalists said it showed Ethiopia was using an "iron fist" to crush critical reporting.

The Horn of Africa nation, a major recipient of Western aid, is fighting separatist rebel movements and armed groups it says are backed by arch-foe Eritrea.

But rights groups say Ethiopia, sandwiched between volatile Somalia and Sudan, regularly uses security concerns as an excuse to crack down on dissent and media freedoms.

The Addis Ababa government, a key ally in Washington

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