Human Rights Watch: 4 Journalists From Ethiopia Win Free Speech Prize

Four imprisoned Ethiopian journalists including Reeyot Alemu (above), Eskinder Nega, Woubshet Taye and Mesfin Negash have been named recipients of the prestigious Hellman/Hammett award for 2012. (Image credit: International Women’s Media Foundation)

Human Rights Watch

December 20, 2012

New York – Four Ethiopian journalists have received the prestigious Hellman/Hammett award for 2012 in recognition of their efforts to promote free expression in Ethiopia, one of the world’s most restricted media environments.

Eskinder Nega Fenta, an independent journalist and blogger; Reeyot Alemu Gobebo of the disbanded weekly newspaper Feteh; Woubshet Taye Abebe of the now-closed weekly newspaper Awramba Times; and Mesfin Negash of Addis Neger Online were among a diverse group of 41 writers and journalists from 19 countries to receive the award in 2012. Eskinder, Reeyot, and Woubshet are imprisoned in Ethiopia; Mesfin fled in 2009.

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Related:
Court delays Eskinder Nega’s appeal (Africa Review)
Update: The Year’s Top 10 ‘Jailers of Journalists’
MEPs urge Ethiopia to release journalist (The Guardian)
Record number of reporters jailed globally (BY kirubel Tadesse/AP)
Federal High Court Expresses Doubts About Eskinder Nega’s Conviction (VOA)
Friends and Supporters React to Reeyot Alemu’s Media Award (TADIAS)

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