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Ethiopia expels New York Times reporter for covering Tigray War
Ethiopia has expelled an Irish journalist covering the country and the war in the Tigray region for The New York Times, the newspaper reported on Thursday. Why it matters: The government’s decision to expel Simon Marks is “new blow to the freedom of the press “in the country, Get information on the markets worthy of your time with Axios Markets. State of play: Marks’ press credentials were revoked by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority in March after he made a reporting trip to the Tigray region, according to Reuters. On Thursday he was summoned by officials to a meeting in Addis Ababa, at which point he was detained and taken to the airport, according to the Times. Marks’ residence permit was valid until October and officials gave no specific reason for his deportation other than that it was a “government decision,” the Times reported. war in northern Tigray, and an existential debate over how power should be divided between regions, ethnic groups and the state, according to Axios’ Dave Lawler. Go Further: Ethiopia Delays Crucial Election Amid Ethnic Violence, Tigray War Get More Axios and Subscribe to Axios Markets for Free.