Tesehalene Mengesha

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Mengesha, an editor at the now-defunct Amharic-language weekly Mebruk, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for publishing “false information.” He was placed in Kality Prison. The charge stemmed from a 1995 story about an assassination attempt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, according to CPJ research. Other details about the story and the prosecution’s case were not available. Like many Ethiopian editors, Mengesha has had several criminal charges hanging over him for some time. He was one of several journalists jailed under Ethiopia’s repressive 1992 Press Law, often on years-old charges, after the November 2005 crackdown.