Simegnish Mengesha

Simegnish "Lily" Mengesha is a journalist, media consultant, and translator, who has served most recently as director of the Ethiopian Environment Journalists Association. An outspoken advocate for freedom of expression, she has worked with foreign news outlets such as Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, and the BBC. Mengesha is currently a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy.

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With limited independent press, Ethiopians left voting in the dark

May 22, 2015 4:17 PM ET

On Sunday Ethiopians go to the polls in the country's fifth general election since the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front came to power more than 20 years ago. Citizens are expected to choose the right party to lead them for the next five years. To do so, they...

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