Ethiopian authorities detain US reporter

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Ethiopian authorities briefly detained a reporter for the Washington Post newspaper this week, before a top government official said she was free to go.

Stephanie McCrummen was held for 13 hours after arriving at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa Sunday.

The sources say McCrummen was detained because she attempted to embark on a reporting assignment without permission from the Ethiopian government.

McCrummen was released after calling and talking to Ethiopia’s minister for communications, Bereket Simon, who wrote a letter to airport authorities.

The journalists say McCrummen has remained in Ethiopia and is now working with the proper authorization.

Ethiopia requires foreign journalists to obtain licenses before reporting from the country.

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