NReporter - Amharic VersionAIROBI (AFP) — Ethiopian authorities released a newspaper editor detained last week after his paper reported on a labour dispute at a local brewery, a media watchdog said Thursday.

Amare Aregawi was held for five days in a prison 750 kilometres (470 miles) north of Addis Ababa, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a statement.

He was released bail of 300-birr (around 31-dollars, 21-euros) on Wednesday.

RSF urged Ethiopian government to “amend the newly-adopted media law in order to eliminate prison sentences for press offences”.

Aregawi’s private Amharic language weekly Reporter published an article last month citing two former employees of the brewery as saying they were wrongfully dismissed.

The brewery company had sued the paper for libel.

Ethiopia was only removed from RSF’s blacklist of media offenders in May, having been labelled “an enemy of the Internet” along with Zimbabwe

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