Tesfaye Tegen

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Authorities summoned Tesfaye, the editor in chief of the Amharic weekly Beza, to appear at Ma’ekelawi Central Prison in Addis Ababa, where he was asked to present a personal guarantor for 10,000 birr (US$2,000). When Tesfaye failed to do so, he was transported to Central State Prison, where he is currently being held incommunicado. The summons cited a cartoon, published in Beza in late 1995, portraying Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and other government officials as members of a soccer team. Meles was depicted as much larger than his colleagues.