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Ethiopia's jailed journalists seek international support
By AMAN SETHI
“You may be really surprised by our nonsensical imprisonment,” Reeyot Alemu wrote in a letter recently smuggled out of a prison in Addis Ababa, “The international community should be aware of the objective reality that we are burdened to live a life which is inexplicable to contemplate, let alone easily engage with.”
In 2011, Ms. Reeyot, a schoolteacher, columnist and political activist, was convicted of conspiring to commit terrorist acts across Ethiopia and sentenced to 14 years in prison; her sentence was subsequently reduced to five years. At present she and at least six other journalists remain imprisoned, while at least 49 journalists have fled the country as a consequence of government intimidation according to the Committee for Protection of Journalists (CPJ).
Ms. Reeyot was awarded the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 2013 and the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism award last year, Woubshet Taye, sentenced to 14 years, was recently awarded the CNN Free Press Africa award this year, while Eskinder Nega, sentenced to 18 years on terror charges was awarded a PEN America press freedom award in 2012.
“askedimo neber metino medekoss ahun minyaregal dist tiddo malkess.”
You do the crime, you do the time.
When are you people gonna wake up and smell the coffee? You cannot undermine Ethiopian constitution and the govt which ever way it fits for your own political agenda, and commit all kinds of offensive crimes which could hurt the country, then cry foul when caught red handed.
Be realistic. It is not a game of childhood “lebana police". It is about a country, historically great, beautiful and culturally rich we call Ethiopia.
A woyane like you deciding who is criminal and who is not is just as stupid as it gets!
First of Ethiopia is not your country, you may want to move back to mekele (better yet kiss and make up with your former master issais). Second when a crazy head like you with low self esteem talks we all know it has little to do with substance but an inferiority complex.
You are a nut job so just cool down and search for your country!
Winning awards here and there is one thing but being engaged in subvertive activities against the constitution of the country is completely a different thing. No citizen can be vindicated when the lives of innocent people and the security of the country is at stake from terrorist threats.
Ethiopia can not afford to let one terrorist walk freely on its streets when threats from Alshabab, Alkaida and religious extremists of every kind are looming openely threatening the nation FULL STOP!
Ethiopia is prospering and shall continue to prosper free of terrorists and religious extremists!
someone who was convicted for being an active participant to destabilized the country’s peace and historic, unseen progress, and even with that, whose jail term was reduced, from 14 to 4 (years), is still acting illiterately. No remorse, no learning from idiotic previous mistakes, no moral regret. What an idiot and rigidified moron. Please go ahead resentence her, and lock her up for the full term, 14 years. There should no be any sympathy for terrorist sympathizers and not willing to learn from mistakes!!
Shame on you to expect “foreign support” to rescue you, an empty dream. Yebasewn gemedshin eyasaterish mehonishin makari Yelemshim????
Adgi Kelbi ,of course for an Agazi Ass Hole ,journalist means only a Chimp always telling Amen to the lies of your Bandit master .Don’t forget Reayot is not
the stupid ETV Journalist who was in rapture infront your dead master’s so called family members ,Adgiforum Crimes Apologists or Pig Ben licking days and nights your Agazis and Sheraton Master’s Ass Holes….LOL!!!!KEFFO RAS TEMB ANSA AMICHE BANDA !!!!!!!
addis zemen(dark era)you are a political prostitute and yeergo zenbe
ተርተኅ ሞተሃል አንተ የወያኔ ጻዳ አፍንጫ።
What constitution? She had carried out her professional work without violating any article in the constitution.
What is more she is a well known and respected person. The award she was given recently is a testimony to her integrity and determination to exercise her right to free expressions which ironically are enshrined in the constitution.
Time and again the regime can’t simply tolerate any form of dissent and use that draconian law, the brain child of the late PM, to jail journalists and anyone who may have different opinions.
The gov’t is reeling from the embarrassing situation it finds itself. Africans acknowledge her work and denounce indirectly her unjustified imprisonment.
“komatan komata kalalut gebto yifetefital” endilu,
If you’re asking to tell you what her crime was, it is simple.
Reyot Alemu was a terrorist who was communicating and receiving money from a convicted terrorist named eliass kifle.
There was indisputable evidence presented on her trial.
Our govt didn’t throw her in prison without a trial. She was represented by a lawyer in a court of law, Which shows you what a great democratic free country Ethiopia is becoming. I’m happy she didn’t say she was water boarded or tortured. And most of all, she is still communicating with the outside world. We don’t have a Gitmo or something like that to throw away terrorists incommunicado.
why is India became the biggest nation on earth suffered the longest and brutal colonization by different nations (very small nations like Portugal and England for more than 200 years) in human history? It is because of the people? What about Cast system and chronic racism in the 21-century? So, they need to worry about themselves, rather than here they have nothing to do about. India has 2148 Ethnic groups so far and more has to be identified.
Is it from Kenya where Pakistanis and Indians that are part of the English colony but today are running the Kenyan Economy and other sectors allying with none Africans including so called CJP (a fat and bad Pakistani in Kenya is playing his bad Sunni Islamic terror against Africa in the name of Journalism being a head as he created the African branch with none Africans conspiracy/allying with him or using him to affect Africa and the region in particular knowing he is not African and he has no heart and mind about Africa and Africans).
This so called Jailed journalist story is becoming a joke every day. Let him rotten there. He is stupid unable to be part of the nation building but a backward still thinking the English way of Journalism and other things will benefit him while detouring the nation/majority.
Let him and anyone that is behaving as he is against the nation as if he is a messenger to do so and when he gets problems he has to ask them to stand for him. But they will not get their way anymore. That era is gone.
This is not the 15-20 century where the English lead western Europe is running the show in Africa and all over the world treating Africans as dangerous or primitive worthless aliens and using them as slaves for many hundreds years. This is the 21-century Post 9/11 where the Arabs destroyed and still do against the western civilization materially, psychologically and the place they had in the world.
So, it’s better for these so called journalists and other backward so called Ethiopians in the name of oppositions to smell the coffee about the 21-century world. They seem are suffering from far distance from behind mentality still thinking the west that is crushed to death by the Arabs in the name of religion on 9/11 would decide about anything going on in Africa including for them which making them agents and rulers in the land for the sake of the English lead western Europe benefit.
Nothing is forever and that era is gone because of the 9/11 brutal attack on them and everything going on with them ever since with the relation they have related to the Sunni Arab religion and its brainwashed terrorists all over the world supported by the Saudi and other Gulf nations with the money coming from all over the world that is buying their oil and gas to pollute the earth environment. .
9/11 which is the Ethiopian new years day will live on in human history as one of the few very dramatic happenings in human history even worst that the first and second world war or the 1930s economic crisis. 9/11 is destroyed the western civilization and place and future in the world for good they have build it for more than 500 years.
Who is responsible for that? Not us, the blacks that were and still are the worse victims to them but the Arabs that are benefiting from them. 15 out of 19 Sunni Islam terrorists on 9/11 attacks are Saudis. Yet, USA and England are protecting the wahabis Saudi rulers that are the source of Islamic terrorism and the spread of terrorist Islam all over the world.
CJP Africa that is created and run by a Pakistani and residing in Kenya need to go to hell. He is an agent to the none Africans to play dirty games against Africa. There are others, too in Nairobi serving as agents in the name of NGO and charity against Africa.
We know who is controlling and financing and playing dirty games from behind. So, we don’t care but doing our own things and we are doing the best never before. The God Given Naturally rich Ethiopia is the best place only to those thinking right and positive and doing good and useful. Ethiopia is not desert, hot and hostile or ice, cold and hostile.
Ethiopia is the best place to work, live and making the best living not behaving the way this stupid so called journalism is doing and when he caught he cries foreigners to save him from the people he supposed to be part of them, as an Ethiopian. But he is asking none Ethiopians to save him from Ethiopians. Do we miss something here? yes, we do. But we know what it is and let his rote there which is the best place to individual like him for the sake of the country and people.
Death to the English Establishments School of journalism. New media has new Journalism school and journalists including Nazret.
Men-4-you the sh!t head asshole shabian,…
Are you still alive? Where ever you’re, I hope they will send more men4you as you requested to satisfy your need. But first you need to go back to sawa with your keffo ras friend TEDDY the asshole shabian to clean the sh!t holes. Your experience is much needed. Help your dying people in artera, than sniffing around Ethiopian websites.
ye mogne lekeso meleso melaleso. Award is not indicator as to who she is. Please leave her alone since she is at the right place for her deeds.
U remained me one story…the story goes like this a thief looted a large some of money and hide it until every thing cool off…then few day passed and the thief went back to recover his loot only to discover another thief robe him.. The first thief so mad and he went to police to recover his loot finally the police investigation found the second thief ….the first thief hire a lawyer to discover his loot..now late say u r a judge what would u decided in this case..?
The first thief is represented by Eskinder, cud, ONLF, OLF, gunboat7, and all extremist ethiopian Islamist including Somalian extremist and all opp. Party.. And the second thief represented by TPLF government so I am waiting for ur judgment.
In case if u miss my point.. U talk about prisoner right, only when both side singed the agreement…that is how it work.. U can’t enforce only one side while the other side abuse prisoner of war right.
When America and Germany fight a World War II, both side singed an agreement to respect their prisoner of war right…that means the American army have no right to kill a Germany army who surrendered to it…but while America killing the German prisoner of war they can’t cry about German army killing their American prisoner of war.
If u understand this simple logic Somalian extremist or Ethiopian opp. Can’t demand prisoner of war right because they themselves don’t respect the same right therefore they r not covered by one…if in doubt please check security video from Kenyan west gate mall. The extremist Somalian were killing unarmed person then the question is would u demand prisoner of war right if those extremist Somalian captured alive?…would u say we should respect his human right regardless of what?
I know u will say we r better then the extremist …okay but I have one more thing to say to u ….some time manhandling the extremist might be deterred other would be terrorist from joining or engaged in terrorist activity
Now my question to u is if u know arresting Eskinder is a deterred million from joining him and start revolution and civil war would u say it is better to lose one Eskinder then to lossing 100,000 would be followers … the prove to my case just look, Ethiopia escaped arab revolution, arab clivl war….and arab spring…that was Mr. Eskinder dream therefore if u really believe in human right it not be much better to lose one Eskinder then losing 100,000 Eskinder followers?
U might say why not just respect his human right while he is in jail…what do u think we r doing why in hell every one asking us to release him…is that not they r abusing us…demanding a person responsible inciting hate, mongering war, mongering ethnic war, ethnic cleansing to be released…this guy is much dangerous then 100,000 army …as I said if u don’t want to get frost fire then u should arrest one match from starting the frost fire…once the frost fire started it is next to imposable to stop it…it is beyond me arguing why we should arrest one match.
Again I don’t support prisoner abused but both side must agreed to this deal to claim abuse …Ethiopian opp. Can’t claim abused while they r cut from the same cloth…to check what the opp. Capable of just check how they treat Ethiopian ( tplf ) government when they come to America…just check so many video that show they abuse the Ethiopian government representative human right here in America land of free…then this the same people asking the government to respect human right.
Mind u the opp. Capable of all this abuse without having power..now imagine they having power and gun and billion of money…
She is just an elementary school teacher turned into a political activist. Her name Reeyote Alemu means literally ideology or dogma, and the term was very popular during the derg era.
Adgi Kelbi ,shabyan stooge ,Butchella Banda .You are the well known Agazi Ass Hole payed by Agazi bandits ,as a Crime Apoliger ,a Parasite ,worst a Prostitute living on moneys stolen from the poor Ethiopian Peoples .Elias Kifle as any Diaspora Patriotic Journalist in US has the pride not to be a sell out Banda the Likes of your Former Dergist Ass Hole Sehaye Debalkew ,the Donkey Pig Ben ,worst the Opportunist Hipo Sele and the bunch of Azeb ,Sebehat and Bereket’s Stooge of AdgiForum ,Bandalandonline ,Hagermatefat ,Demmefasses ,parasites ploting to infect the diasporas with their useless rumors and baseless propagandas .Of course even enclosed in Dark Room ,Reayot ,Eskinder and many patriots have become your Daily NIGHTMARE .KEFFO RAS LEKAMMI BANDA!!!!! Time to meditate on the fate of your own Dying Mom in Aba Shawul than daily shiting on this website .ANTEN BILLO DEGMO REAYOT ALEMUN NEKAFFINA TESSADABBI
KITEHEN YALTEREG YE AGAZI YE SEMUNI TASSA LIDJI BUTCHELLA ATTELA ANBETTA TEBYA TEMB ANSA BANDA YE BANDA LIDJI !!!!!!
Abolbai ,who the hell has told you that you with your bandit bosses and Thuggy bros have gained the peoples sympathy…LOL !!!!Maybe
ETV Wusha Journalists ,Adgiforum Anbettas and Agazi Websites cockroaches ,Pig Ben ,Neway Dedebu
or of course Hipo Sele…LOL !!!!!
Taradju ,if you were at the place
of Reayot Alemu ,no matter to bet where you should be then ,certainly in Hell by joining your Looter Master…LOL !!!! KEFFO RAS BOZENE TEMB ANSA BANDA !!!!!!!
Ararew ,who the hell are you supposing fooling with your stupid Fairytale .Reayot ,Eskinder
and all the patriots thrown in Jaile by your Facist Bossess have never committed any crime .Than informing the public concerning the naked realities of the country .Of course its the Duty and Honorable Actions of any International groups ,any Human Rights association and even
Donator Group Country to stand with these heroes .
TCHINKILATEBIS AGASES BANDA !!!!
VIVA REAYOT ALEMU !!!
VIVA ESKINDER NEGA !!!!
VIVA WUBESHET TAYE !!!!
MOTE LE LEBA WOYANE KENE BANDAWOTCHU !!!!!
You frat from your brain all day long like it is your as$, ohh wait a minute your head is your as$. To top it every time you loss an argument you turn into a diva and checking without its head…..a never seen combination….. can’t you see how bad this makes your brain frat smell??? geeee dude
And what is all this Eritrea this and the other each time you are cornered and your hidden inferiority complex bolts out on you???
Ethiopia belongs to us, you are a simple refugee and a former foot soldier of Issias Afeworki from Mekele… so keep walking north where ethnic baiting stupids like you and Melese the migit are welcomed! IDIOT!
የነ ርዮት አለሙ ሰቆቃ
ደውልዋ በ አለም ዙርያ ታውቃ::
የ ጀግኖች ኢትዮጵያውያን አርማ ሁና ደምቃ::
እኛም ሰምተን ድምጽሽን ርዮት ወንድሞችሽ
ካገር ጥርያችን ከ ኢትዮጵያ ሳንሸሽ::
ይሀው አድመናል ልናወድም ጠላታችንን
የወያኔ ካድሬውን ጨምረን አዲስ ዘመንን::
የወያኔዎች ጅቦች ሲግጡ ኢትዮጵያን
ርዮት እስክንድር አንዱአለም የታሉ አልን::
Men-4-you arramu the sh!t head asshole shabian,…
Ethiopia belongs to us? Who the hell are you mazafakka? Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!
Just stay in your artera and keep cleaning your sh!t hole.
What a poem! Ye hoyahoye gitim yemeslal. Ha Ha Ha Ha!!
Silu semta dorro tank motech, endilu, you seem trying to match what others wrote in a natural gift.
Arfehe minale yanin yetelemedewun sekokahin betaseman! Gitimun legna tewew.
Embi kalk, “abayin betankua sishageru bay, begre gebahubet mekerayen lay” endalechiw tota confused honehi tikeralehi.
Anyway that’s what you’re, a confused angry tota!
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