Ethiopia to release 746 prisoners, including journalist, dissident Feb 09, 2018 0 63 12345 REUTERSADDIS ABABAEthiopia will release 746 more prisoners, including a journalist and a senior opposition official who were jailed for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, the attorney general's office said on Thursday.The decision follows a raft of reforms announced by the government to try to reduce tension in the Horn of Africa country, which has been hit by unrest since 2015.Nearly 6,000 prisoners have been freed since January. Most were detained for alleged involvement in mass protests that broke out three years ago in its Oromiya and Amhara regions over accusations of land grabbing and political marginalisation.On Thursday, the Federal Attorney General's Office published a list of 746 inmates for pardon, including the journalist Eskinder Nega and opposition politician Andualem Arage.The names have been forwarded to President Mulatu Teshome, who has the power to grant their freedom, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation said.Ethiopia is frequently rebuked by rights groups for cracking down on dissent under the guise of national security concerns. The government rejects the accusations.Ethiopia has also been hit in the past months by a spate of ethnic clashes that have displaced hundreds of thousands of people. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Nigeria's Boko Haram region needs over $1 bn funding: UN Feb 09, 2018 0 350 N Korean orchestra serenades South amid protest Feb 09, 2018 0 73 Military offensive in DR Congo likely to displace 370,000: UN Feb 09, 2018 0 61 'Day of anger' in Chad fails over low turnout AFP N'Djamena Plans for a"day of anger" in the Chadian capital failed to materialise Thursday, with just a few dozen protesters marching against austerity amid a large police presence, a day after the government .. N Korea stages military parade on eve of Olympics AFP Seoul North Korea staged a military parade in Pyongyang Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces, putting its intercontinental ballistic missiles on show just a day before the Winter Olympics open in .. Gambia readmitted to Commonwealth under new president Barrow AFP London The Gambia was readmitted to the Commonwealth, welcomed back following the democratic election of President Adama Barrow, who reversed the shock pullout of 2013. His predecessor Yahya Jammeh suddenly ..