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Eskinder and Reeyot Alemu

April 2014: The Media Legal Defence Initiative - 'Two Ethiopian journalists imprisoned under Ethiopia’s anti-terror laws have appealed to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights...'

Reeyot Alemu

Jan 2014: A global women’s rights and advocacy group, Safe World for Women, has put up an online petition for the immediate release of jailed award-winning Ethiopian journalist with breast tumour, Reeyot Alemu.


June 2014: By Courtenay Forbes - "Reeyot is a symbol of the oppression being suffered by journalists in Ethiopia. The government uses the fear created by the label ‘terrorist’ to justify this mass-imprisonment...


December 19th 2013 - Safe World for Women, Committee to Protect Journalists, Freedom Now, International Women's Media Foundation, PEN International, Kality Foundation and Media Legal Defence Initiative in a public discussion about Ethiopia's press freedom issues.


In 2012, the International Women's Media Foundation bestowed a Courage in Journalism Award on Reeyot Alemu in absentia for her “refusal to self-censor in a place where that practice in standard...."


IWMF Interview with Martin Schibbye: “The Ethiopian authorities forced them [Reeyot and other jailed journalists] to witness the rendering of our verdict as if to say: ‘Look what we can do to these European guys … imagine what we can do to you!’”


Reeyot Alemu is currently serving a 5-year prison sentence in Addis Ababa on bogus terrorism charges. The International Women’s Media Foundation honored Alemu with its 2012 Courage in Journalism Award....


This article, first published in June 2011, is one of the last columns Reeyot Alemu wrote before her arrest on June 21, 2011. Reeyot Alemu is currently serving a 5-year prison sentence in Addis Ababa on bogus terrorism charges...


Nov 2013: Reeyot Alemu is winner of the UNESCO Press Freedom Prize. She is serving a 5-year sentence. Reeyot's father, Alemu Gobebo, is also her lawyer. He is deeply concerned about his daughter...


Dec 2012: A project run by One Laptop Per Child, which gave tablets to the children in a poor village in Ehiopia, is proving to be a success. Now many kids can recite the English alphabet and spell words in English.

Tilahun Alemu

Aug 2012: Ethiopia's Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu decided to sell cool colourful shoes made of recycled materials, including car tyres.