Johannesburg - A press freedom advocacy group says Ethiopian authorities have blocked the publication of a prominent independent newspaper featuring reports on the health of the country's long-time ruler.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said on Tuesday that about 30 000 copies of the independent weekly Feteh were blocked on grounds of "inciting national insecurity and endangering the government and the public".
Speculation about Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's health abounded last week after he missed an important regional summit for the first time since he assumed office in 1991. He is rumoured to be undergoing treatment abroad, but his government said he was merely resting a few days after experiencing exhaustion.
CPJ said the ban "illustrates the depth of repression in Ethiopia today, and authorities' determination to suppress independent coverage of the prime minister".