Journalists Killed  |  Ethiopia

Abay Hailu


February 9, 1998, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Abay, a reporter for the weekly Agiere and editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Welafen, died on after nearly one year in prison. Initially refused treatment for a deteriorating medical condition, he was eventually hospitalized but died five days later. He was arrested on February 22, 1997, after publishing a report about the threat of Islamic fundamentalism in Ethiopia. He remained in jail because he was unable to meet bail and was sentenced in November to a year in prison.

Medium: Print

Job: Print Reporter

Beats Covered: Human Rights, Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment

Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials

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