Eskinder Nega

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Ethiopian authorities arrest journalist Mesganaw Getachew after he films outside court

August 20, 2019 1:00 PM ET

Nairobi, August 20, 2019--Authorities in Ethiopia should unconditionally release journalist Mesganaw Getachew, who was arrested on August 9 after recording an interview outside a court in Addis Ababa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Under Abiy, Ethiopia's media have more freedom but challenges remain

April 29, 2019 3:00 PM ET

During a trip to Addis Ababa in January, it was impossible to miss the signs that Ethiopian media are enjoying unprecedented freedom. A flurry of new publications were on the streets. At a public forum that CPJ attended, journalists...

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CPJ joins call for Ethiopia's prime minister-designate to ensure journalists' immediate release

March 30, 2018 11:25 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with 40 civil society organizations, yesterday sent a joint letter to Ethiopia's prime minister-designate, Abiy Ahmed, urging him to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of recently arrested journalists, and human rights defenders....

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Ethiopia arrests at least five journalists during state of emergency

March 26, 2018 4:10 PM ET

Nairobi, March 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ethiopian authorities to release five journalists. Security forces yesterday arrested Eskinder Nega, Temesghen Desalegn, Zone 9 bloggers Befekadu Hailu and Mahlet Fantahun, and Zelalem Workagegnehu, who were gathered...

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Ethiopian journalists Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye released from prison

February 14, 2018 4:11 PM ET

New York, February 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes news that Ethiopian journalists Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye are free from prison after each served nearly seven years....

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Ethiopia's Eskinder Nega refuses to sign false confession in exchange for prison release

February 9, 2018 11:58 AM ET

New York, February 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Ethiopian government's attempts today to compel Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega to sign a false confession before releasing him under a presidential pardon. Eskinder, who has spent...

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Why release of two journalists in Ethiopia does not signal end to press crackdown

January 25, 2018 4:08 PM ET

On January 10, radio journalists Darsema Sori and Khalid Mohammed were released from prison after serving lengthy sentences related to their work at the Ethiopian faith-based station Radio Bilal. Despite their release and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's promise earlier...

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Eskinder Nega

December 12, 2017 4:16 PM ET

Ethiopian security forces arrested Eskinder Nega, a prominent online columnist, former publisher, and editor of now-shuttered newspapers, on vague accusations of involvement in a terrorism plot. The arrest came five days after Eskinder published a column in the U.S.-based news...

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Conflating terrorism and journalism in Ethiopia

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

At the Lideta courthouse in Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, stands a statue of a blindfolded woman holding a set of scales in her outstretched hand--a universal symbol of justice, here cast in metal of pinkish gold and wearing...

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One year after arrest Zone 9 bloggers remain imprisoned as trial drags on

April 23, 2015 10:29 AM ET

It will be one year this weekend since six bloggers were arrested in Addis Ababa, just days after the group announced on Facebook that their Zone 9 blog would resume publishing after seven months of inactivity. As the anniversary of...

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