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Ethiopia: Eskinder Nega is nazret.com's Person of The Year
Eskinder Nega, an Ethiopian journalist and political prisoner, was arrested earlier this year for publishing an online column calling for an end to torture in Ethiopian prisons and a halt to the imprisonment of dissidents. On his weekly column, that is syndicated in several Ethiopian websites, he had written constantly about the respect for freedom of expression and democracy. But in today's Ethiopia, calling for the respect of freedom of expression is equated as a 'terrorist act' and is punishable by death.
This is not the first time Eskinder was arrested by the tyrannical regime of Meles Zenawi. Back in 2005, Eskinder and his wife Serkalem Fasil, both newspaper publishers, were charged with treason following Ethiopia’s disputed 2005 elections, along with dozens of journalists, human rights activists, and opposition leaders, and spent seventeen months in jail. While in custody, Serkalem gave birth to their first child.
Eskinder and his family could have easily moved to the United States right after they were released from prison in 2005. Instead he chose to stay in his homeland and advocate for the rule of law, freedom of expression and respect for human rights, with his only weapon, the mighty pen. Eskinder spent a large part of his childhood in suburban Washington, D.C and is a legal resident of the United States.
For all the contributions that Eskinder has made in the peaceful struggle to bring good governance and democracy in Ethiopia, we are proud to name Eskinder Nega, the 2011 nazret.com Person of The Year.
At the end of your announcement you said -
“For all the contributions that Eskinder made in the peaceful struggle to bring good governance and democracy in Ethiopia, nazret.com is proud to nominate Eskinder Nega our person of the year.”
I recognize & admire Eskinder’s courageous stance however lets not kid our selves – no so called “peaceful struggle” works against a vicious junta which with out mercy kills and tortures any one stands on their way. So, if you are trying to create the next Gandhi, I’d say you are absolutely way out of reality because Woyane is a different kind of enemy. Only AK 47 would do the Job.
Right on, Nazret!
Free Eskandar and all political prisoners.
Eskindir is exceptionally good in what he does and knows what and how to do things.
It is easy to talk the talk.
But walking the walk is a different thing.
Why is that so many people talk about AK-47s while not willing to fight. You want the poor to fight for you ?
So many talks, so many meetings and nothing is done on the ground. Just dreaming.
GOOD JOB “Nazret.com’ our Free Democratic Forum of Discussion !!!
Heroic True Ethiopians standing for the Rights of the opressed Peoples
deserved such Great Recognation .
VIVA ESKINDER NEGA !!!!
FREEDOM FOR ETHIOPIA !!!!
MOTE LE LEBA WOYANE KENE BANDAWOTCHU !!!!!
The MESHETA BET ADARIWOCH have tried everything what they can in their power on their pal talk family dinner, they finished what they are trying to say about Ethiopia.
This the so called elcad pal talk cyber chat room 24/7 had zerafed sile hagerachew sile DC. (not about Ethiopia) Ethiopia is different than what they are talking, and they are not an Ethiopian. Ethiopia is growing faster than ELCAD’S pal talk, however, keep dreaming, we are listening and watching about which one is truth?
You better go to your cyber website ECADF.
He is a hero. He dared to face such a cruel and barbaric government that tortures and kills. And he has always kept a high moral standard not only about what he advocates for, but also how he advocate it. I read his article once where he appreciated Meles’s ability as a leader, but he also dared to tell Meles that now is the time to go and Meles is the person standing in Ethiopia’s way towards democracy.
Way to go nazret, God bless you Eskandar.
Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes
In most Africa government means looting and killing.
Govt. Should not be regarded as superior to the governed. But only as organ of the ppl.
Govt. Should not be consider themselves as superior to the ppl. But only as a servant of the ppl.
It is a ppl’s money they receive every month in order to stay in power and therefore it is the gov. Obligation to satesfy the ppl. Need.Even the president and Priminster should be consider as a servant of the ppl, nothing more.
But this is an illation dream that never happen in today’s Ethiopia where the elit shift from dusty Sudan refugees camps to Addis Ababa of heaven where they are nw tuning a shifta like police by turning the gun they received from all sorts of charities and NGO, to TERRIORISE the hard working Ethiopians and silence their freedom by their devil guns. These chigarrams Devil believers are now gone to far and forgot where they came from. It is always the poor who have to suffer the consequences of our good or stupid action, not those who have given us good or stupid advice. The weyannes manipulate the need of the mass, and the mass stomach is stronger than these chiggarams weyannes. Degrade is weyannes important defence weapon.
If one takes the hump from the hunchback, one takes away his sprit.
And if one gives sight to an Ethiopian blind, he sees so much
evil in Ethiopia today that he curses the healer.
When my eyes fly from present weyannes to the past , they see the same. I walked among men and women of EPRP heroes, of the fragment, the future of my vision, to abolishing the present and creat a mere bridge towards a better future that can be created through exertion of the will.
What we have in today’s Ethiopia is an evil gust, is sitting in our home, eating us like a parasites slowly. These evils are , hoddams,weyannes and their parasites charities and NGO.
These we have to get ride of by any means starting with neighbour by spraying DDT where they step, and sitting .
You hypocrite. Why do not you pick the AK 47 you talk about in your crap comment above, and haste to the bushes in Ethiopia to try to unseat the government of Ethiopia? Do not be wordy We have a lot more like you. If you mean what you are saying, you should have been in Ethiopia roaming in the bush.
Nazretoch, its your right to name Eskinder as man of the year, the millennium or whatever, but this man is not a journalist. He is covert enemy of the country. He is proved to have been working with vicious terrorists like Elias Kifle, Berhanu nega and Tamagn Beyene. You proved that you are no longer imparial, and instead work to propagate the objectives of the opposition.
Nazretoch WONDATA!!! HE IS DEFINITELY A PERSON OF THE YEAR IF NOT THE CENTURY. His imprisonment tells us woyanes are pissing in their pants.
FREE ESKINDER NEGA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS, YOU PUSSIES!!!
He deserve it!
Free Eskinder nega and all other prisoners, and put Melese and his accessories in the darkest cell before they get their ultimate justice, death by injection.
To the Nazrets:
Could you please show an elementary respect to us your website visitors? I can feel a total ignorance from you to your visitors who usually show a humble approach and respect to your website.
Yes he should be…… I agree…..among others
We Ethiopians also name the worst person’s of the year…..
The following are criminals, who are responsible for bringing so much misery in the country.
Meles Naziawi & his wife
why am I not surprised?
I have expressed my disagreement with the Government of Ethiopia in the arrest and trial of Mr. Eskinder from its outset. I have read some of the articles written by this person on this or other websites and found nothing of material suggesting any terrorism in their messages or contents. I politely asked the office of PM Meles to release Ato Eskinder and also provide him with means so he can support his family. As a father myself, I have been very saddened just thinking how that angelic toddler can be emotionally tormented because no one would be able to really explain to him what happened to his dad. Officials at the higher echelons should sift through some of these accusations to make sure that they were not logged by too enthusiastic agents at the street level. I can understand that Ethiopia is a very fragile union where trouble-making groups are poised at periphery to stir chaos and unprecedented bloodshed and such mistake will fall smack into the hands of their propaganda machinations. I hope the judges will exonerate this innocent citizen as soon as possible. And as I said before I don’t know about the other individuals because I never heard about them. Again, I politely ask the Government of Ethiopia to cut Ato Eskinder loose as soon as the case comes to a close.
As always, I thank the editors of this website in posting my comment. In the meanwhile, my wife and I along with rest of my family would like to wish you all my dear countrymen here abroad and back home A Merry Christmas and a rewarding New Year!!!!
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