WASHINGTON, D.C. — Voice of America is condemning the harassment of a VOA reporter who was forced to erase recordings she made during a protest rally Friday at the main mosque in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
Washington, D.C., May 25, 2012 — “We are aware of reports that VOA correspondent Peter Heinlein was detained today in Addis Ababa. The safety and welfare of our reporters is our utmost concern and we are working to gather more information about Mr. Heinlein’s status. We have been in contact with State Department officials and will release details as soon as they are available. We urge Ethiopian authorities to allow Mr. Heinlein to carry out his journalistic responsibilities without interference.”