Eskinder, a columnist for the diaspora news website EthioMedia, and Temesgen, a columnist for the magazine Fact, were arrested along with nine other bloggers and opposition leaders during a meeting on 25 March to celebrate the recent release of 750 political prisoners.
Eskinder was freed on 14 February after being jailed for six years on a charge of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Desalegn, who was held for two years for publishing information about “politicians and journalists linked with terrorist groups,” was released last October.
As well as calling for the release of the 11 detainees, the joint letter condemns the arrests as “contrary to international human rights law,” calls for an end to all forms of harassment against journalists, and urges the government to revise the terms of the state of emergency declared on 16 February.
Ethiopia is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF's 2017 World Press Freedom Index.
The joint letter (in the original English) and the names of the organizations that signed it can be seen below.