Politiken contact in Addis Ababa, which helped to reveal orphanage, was beaten and had a hospital.
By Dorrit SAIETZ
The Ethiopian journalist Abraham F., which since July has been working with Politiken to investigate DanAdopt company in the country, has been subjected to a serious assault.
Enate alems director called Amy’s mother and told her that he found out who I am, and that he knows what he must do to me
Abraham F., journalist “They took my phone, my wallet and my watch to make it look like a robbery and left me in a dark side street, where some passersby helped me to contact my family took me to the police and the hospital.”
Did forward to Amy’s mother
During Politiken’s visit to Ethiopia, she was contacted threatening some of ENAT alems Director, Ato Aderejew who demanded that she should reconcile his statement with his and threatened her that she would never see her children again.
Threatened by orphanage director
After the first articles were published in Denmark, continued Abraham F. investigating the matter to Politiken. He visited among other regional and local authorities had closed ENAT alems orphanage in Assela.
During this work in September he started getting anonymous phone calls of threatening nature. “I can not prove that it has ENAT Alem to do”, emphasizes Abraham F.
“But ENAT alems director called Amy’s mother and told her that he found out who I am, and that he knows what he must do to me, which I see as a threat.”
DanAdopt reject knowledge of Case
Also DanAdopt have been informed, but denies any knowledge of the case. “All related to DanAdopt has announced that they do not know anything about it,” writes DanAdopt Director Marianne Wung-Sung in an email.
The International Journalistføderations emergency response following the case closely.
“If the law is broken, journalists have an additional obligation to explore and identify it when it goes beyond the welfare of children. And it is our job to support the journalists while performing their work, “said Ernest Sagaga from the IFJ’s crisis response