New York, November 21, 2011--Dawit Kebede, managing
editor of Awramba Times, one of Ethiopia's two remaining independent Amharic-language
newspapers offering critical analysis of local politics, announced today that
he was forced to leave the country after he received a tip last week about
alleged government plans to re-imprison him. Kebede also said that the paper was
unlikely to continue publishing.
Kebede, whom CPJ honored a year ago for perseverance in pursuing independent journalism in Ethiopia despite ongoing government intimidation, told CPJ from Washington, D.C., that official sources warned him on Thursday of preparations by the Ministry of Justice and Government Communication Affairs to revoke the conditional pardon that authorities offered in 2007 to him and other imprisoned journalists rounded up in a brutal November 2005 crackdown.