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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Journalist Anthony Mitchell thought to be on board plane which crashed in Cameroon

(BBC/ETP) Hopes are fading for the safety of five Britons who were among 114 people on board an aircraft which is thought to have crashed in Cameroon.

Associated Press (AP) journalist Anthony Mitchell is thought to have been among the British passengers. The Foreign Office said it knew the identities of the Britons on the flight but would not yet name them.

It is to be remembered that in January 2006 Mitchell was expelled by the government of Ethiopia for reporting on clashes between police and protesters in Addis Ababa.

After leaving Ethiopia, He was responsible for breaking the story of the Ethiopian inquiry commission’s findings, in which the commission held the government of Ethiopia responsible for over 190 deaths following the May 2005 elections.

In a special edition at the beginning of this year, contributors to the Ethiopian Politics (ETP) blog voted Anthony Mitchell’s story on the inquiry commission - the biggest news story of 2006.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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