Exiled Ethiopian journalist Mesfin Negash awarded
On May 3, the United Nations World Day for Press Freedom, parts of speech organization Reporters Without Borders, its annual press freedom prize in honor of people who are fighting for free speech around the world. The price is focusing this year on Ethiopia, a country that systematically silences non regimen faithful voices.
Independent journalism is equated with terrorism
The journalist Mesfin Negash is living in exile in Sweden since his newspaper, Addis Neger, was shut down by the Ethiopian authorities in 2010. Negash was accused, along with her colleagues, for terrorism and risked a long prison sentence. The flight went via Uganda to Sweden, where he received asylum in February 2012. In Sweden, he continues his work as a journalist and he writes for Ethiopian and several foreign newspapers, and participates regularly in the Daily News.
– First and foremost, I see Press Freedom Prize in recognition of my Ethiopian journalist colleagues who either imprisoned or working in difficult conditions. Personally, also awarded an encouragement to continue my work in exile, said Mesfin Negash. Read More