The United States expressed concern as its ally, Ethiopia’s police arrested a Reuters cameraman without cause. 

"Freedom of the press is fundamental to any democratic society. I am extremely concerned by continuing reports of intimidation of journalists in Ethiopia," Tibor Nagy, the top US diplomat for Africa, wrote on Twitter.

Kumerra Gemechu was arrested without reason by Ethiopian police last week where he was investigating the conflict of Ethiopia’s Tigray, international news agency said Monday.

He was handcuffed and taken away in front of his family in the capital city Addis Ababa by 10 federal police officers without cause, Reuters said.

"At a brief court hearing on Friday, where no lawyer was present, a judge ordered Kumerra's detention for a further 14 days to give police time to investigate," Kumerra's family said as quoted by Reuters.

Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler said that journalists should be allowed to report news without the fear of being harassed. 

"We will not rest until Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu is freed," Adler said.

His personal items including his phone and computer, were seized by the police, his family said.

Ethiopia restricted media access to the conflict-hit region and Tigray was under a total communications blackout for six weeks as the conflict raged between federal and regional forces.

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