Q&A: Ethiopian journalists languish in prison

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14 Responses

  1. Tn. says:

    How important are words? Is anything built with words? The language used to build literally everything is a wordless language and is international. As far as food is concerned, Plants and animals that we feed on breed and grow regardless of words. Litterally, all our basic needs can be met with little to no words. As to self actualization, the best of seekers in any of the major religions seek stilness and solitude thus precludes words.

    We can’t even say that they are “our” Expression as we know not where “our” thoughts come from. With words one can only tell of intent…even then, intent is a result of our conditioning on which we have little control over.

    Words are amongst the most useless and deceitful things on earth. the crime is committed by all sides that want us to give significance to words. Thus the jailer should be jailed or all sides should be set free.

  2. Cherkos says:

    I am afraid that the Ethiopian government will heed to the ‘pressure’ of the self proclaimed ‘pro-journalist’ NGOs. We all know that the government is simply too stubborn to kneel down to arm twisting of any sort. I wonder when the foreigners will know their limits; what they can and cannot achieve when it comes to confrontations with Ethiopia. The same is true with the inmates at Kality and elsewhere. They have to stop depending on western NGOs propaganda campaign and blackmailing, if they have to secure their release at a short possible in time.

    • lemma tassew says:

      What you are hesitating about.are u trying to defend WOYANE by listing all your fear?It is not you who acting at this time but Al Jazeera. These innocent journalist are in prison for so long. Doing nothing is not an option. When some one start to act , be positive and hold your fear for yourself. Your fear is a Propaganda as WOYANE(EPRDF) scare innocent citizen every single day.

      • etalo says:

        Nothing is more rediculous than this,i guess!!!!…why you are even still extremised as “tigray”? Any ways,it’s gonna be falling when you customarily say this and that…

  3. Aster says:

    Akimin Awko menor talak chilota neww!

    Eskinder should have been a bar tender, Woubshet should have worked for ETV and Reeyot should have been a teacher supplementing their income by periodically working in Arab world as a domestic worker.

    But they chose to be government critics, they got some nerve.

    • hailu mergia says:

      @Aster
      you do not know what u are talking about, Non sense. If you are in your right mind, you would know that they are bleeding for you.But I doubt you do not.

  4. Alula says:

    They were caught planning to sabotage Ethiopia’s infrastructure on their conversation with the terrorist G7! The only intention of these foreign NGOs is to stop Ethiopia from its renaissance! Ethiopian must unite themselves to counter these internal & external enemies trying to stop the Ethiopian all out developments! Some NGOs are not really for what they brag , but a replacement of western colonialists working hard to impend third world from extracting themselves from abject poverty! These NGOs intention is to keep Africa as it is until time is favorable to annex it once again!
    Finally, these so called journalists must finish their prison terms so others can learn from it!

    All we need to promote our struggle to win over poverty is; unity no matter our political differences!

    First development , then development will create prosperity, prosperity will create opportunity, opportunity will create a better life & finally a better life will create freedom & democracy!

  5. Solom says:

    You calling this Ethiopia brothers and sisters journalist.
    Even though I don’t like any body to go to prison for speaking his maenad or writing .
    The same time any body can call himself or herslfe journalist not to fallow the rule of the country .
    For example in esat Rodio comedianTamange(Lemagn)bayene is human right activities Abebe glawe is human- right activist .even though we know this peple all day they spread hate a against Ethiopian specialy pure Ethiopian Tigray people.
    So my quotient is how do we(Ethiopian ) can balance this and hit the right balance and go for warred.

  6. kemissa says:

    First they are not really accredited journalists, they are a self appointed freelance writers whose intentions are getting a green card in the following manner.
    1- Write an article that will insight violence as directed from washington.
    2-Get jailed as expected since no country tolerates trouble makers
    3-Send your family if you have one abroad to accept an award in your in your name from an NGO
    4-you might get released from jail easily depending on the crime you committed or refuse a pardon if you already have your families left Ethiopia and reside in US, because you can afford more publicity and get paid more $$$ in future.
    5- When you get released RUN TO USA AND GET PAIDE FOR YOUR LOYALlITY TO ETHIOPIAN ENEMIES and supporting Anti-Ethiopian spy NGO’S.
    Voila, now join Anti-Ethiopia dirt bag washington lobbyists as a modern day volunteer slave and become the worst scum ever.
    THe sad part is, because of this few traitor thugs the panic government is also jailed true journalists who must not be in jail with no one to care, and they must be freed.

  7. Egypt says:

    Egypt has to return the stolen water from Ethiopian Nile
    HawdNews: This week, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry have sent a formal document to all Egyptian embassies abroad about Egypt’s stance over Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam. However, the Nile , the 6700 km long of 11 countries, should not be solely misused by Egypt .
    Historically, Egypt had been stealing the Nile water from the 19 century where Mehamed Ali and his children were bullying Ethiopia. Ethiopia did not sign any treaty particularly the one of 1959 where Egypt had tried to finalize its distorted historical ownership that British and Sudan formulated.
    Ethiopia had been waiting to use its water for many years and she did not have any power to do so; however, now Ethiopia is one of the leading economic powers and wanted to utilize the water for its agriculture and hydroelectric energy that will be used for the whole region including Egypt.
    Ethiopia has so far shown all good gesture to accommodate Egypt and makes open its door to negotiate on an equal and on the platform of two sisterly countries, but Egypt has been making a deaf ear to the positive stance.
    In the meantime, Ethiopia , the giant awaking of Horn of Africa , was and is been waiting for this time around when she has every possibilities to subdue Egypt whether it is a militarily or diplomatically.
    Further, Egypt could nullify the treaty of 1959 and come to the table on an equal so that the situation will turn to win-win. To add to the military weakness of Egypt in this time, the international community has a given Ethiopia a green light to use its water. Egypt is still playing the old drum of British engineer, Will who coined the adage , “ Egypt is the Nile and the Nile is Egypt”; those days are gone with the wind. Yesterday, the world has acknowledged that Ethiopia is among the three leading emerging countries in economic prosperity.

    The Egyptian embassies are asked to contact foreign governments and media outlets to clarify the Egyptian stance over the controversial dam, said spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Badr Abd-al-Ati in statements on Tuesday [25 March].
    This Egypt is been attempting to work out a good resolution on this problem; on the contrary, Ethiopia has present all kind of diplomatic rapprochement on this issue.
    The document underlined Egypt’s firm position on the Nile water file, which is based on the principles of mutual benefit among all parties. This is far from truth on Egypt side
    The Ethiopian side does provide information about the dam.

  8. yohannes says:

    Why the world is crying for few poleticians hidden behind jornalism. These war monger poloticians hidden behind the jornalism are terroristes and have hidden agenda too.

  9. Hawd says:

    Egypt has to return the stolen water from Ethiopian Nile
    HawdNews: This week, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry have sent a formal document to all Egyptian embassies abroad about Egypt’s stance over Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam. However, the Nile , the 6700 km long of 11 countries, should not be solely misused by Egypt .
    Historically, Egypt had been stealing the Nile water from the 19 century where Mehamed Ali and his children were bullying Ethiopia. Ethiopia did not sign any treaty particularly the one of 1959 where Egypt had tried to finalize its distorted historical ownership that British and Sudan formulated.
    Ethiopia had been waiting to use its water for many years and she did not have any power to do so; however, now Ethiopia is one of the leading economic powers and wanted to utilize the water for its agriculture and hydroelectric energy that will be used for the whole region including Egypt.
    Ethiopia has so far shown all good gesture to accommodate Egypt and makes open its door to negotiate on an equal and on the platform of two sisterly countries, but Egypt has been making a deaf ear to the positive stance.
    In the meantime, Ethiopia , the giant awaking of Horn of Africa , was and is been waiting for this time around when she has every possibilities to subdue Egypt whether it is a militarily or diplomatically.
    Further, Egypt could nullify the treaty of 1959 and come to the table on an equal so that the situation will turn to win-win. To add to the military weakness of Egypt in this time, the international community has a given Ethiopia a green light to use its water. Egypt is still playing the old drum of British engineer, Will who coined the adage , “ Egypt is the Nile and the Nile is Egypt”; those days are gone with the wind. Yesterday, the world has acknowledged that Ethiopia is among the three leading emerging countries in economic prosperity.

    The Egyptian embassies are asked to contact foreign governments and media outlets to clarify the Egyptian stance over the controversial dam, said spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Badr Abd-al-Ati in statements on Tuesday [25 March].
    This Egypt is been attempting to work out a good resolution on this problem; on the contrary, Ethiopia has present all kind of diplomatic rapprochement on this issue.
    The document underlined Egypt’s firm position on the Nile water file, which is based on the principles of mutual benefit among all parties. This is far from truth on Egypt side
    The Ethiopian side does provide information about the dam.

  10. kuretew says:

    They’re bands,not journalist,let them stay forever. Awramba is also part of them, that is why you crying.

  11. Oz. says:

    Abet habesha,Award winning, ena ahun award ashenefuna tilik neger mehonu new ? If a white man gives you an award for doing a good job for Africans, there Is allways a catch, This Ethiopian journalist they are trying to splitt Ethiopia so bad, and the west Is using that to treat and scare the Governmont of Ethiopia so they allways do what the west tells them to. so you see the west really dont give a fuck about journalists being jailed or killed, all they worry about Is how to control everyone, So all Im saying Is Fuck those so called journalists, after all their job Is to snitch 😉

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