The Dawit Kebede saga: A journo flees the opposition (Daniel Berhane)
* Opposition activists have diverse opinions.
After two years in self-imposed exile, journalist Dawit Kebede returned home last Saturday, thereby stirring a political debate.
Prior to his flee to the United States, Dawit Kebede has been Managing editor of Awramba Times, an Amharic weekly, that he established in 2008, shortly after his release on pardon from his incarceration in relation with the 2005 post-election street violence.
Dawit received the “International Press Freedom Award” of CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists) in November 2010 for running the only independent media outlet in Ethiopia that dares question authorities.
Exactly a year later, Awramba Times went out of print as Dawit Kebede, who was in the United States on a tourist visa, announced his decision to seek political asylum claiming to have learnt the government plans to imprison him.
Dawit Kebede corroborated his claim citing a piece published on the state-owned Amharic daily, Addis Zemen, which accused him of links with terrorist groups and called on the government “to revoke his pardon”. Government officials, however, denied any plan to prosecute and insisted that the piece on Addis Zemen was merely an opinion piece. Read more