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A government spokesman said the Ethiopian government is not telling printers not to print the papers.
Both Feteh, the country’s largest weekly, at 27,500 copies, and Finote Netsanet, which is published by the largest opposition group, Unity for Democracy and Justice, have been unable to reach their readers for several weeks after the state-owned Berhanena Selam printing company refused to continue printing them.
“We tried other printers, private ones as well. Some say they don’t have the capacity, while others first agree to print our paper only later to refuse us without any reasons,” said Negasso Gidada, a former president of Ethiopia who now leads an opposition political party with the lone opposition member in the 547-seat parliament.
“They simply tell us, ‘Please don’t come back we only want sports and medical issue papers not politics.”
The group says its paper was forced off market after featuring critical articles on the legacy of Meles Zenawi, the country’s ruler for 21 years until his death Aug. 20.
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