Eskinder Nega: Journalist unjustly jailed in Ethiopia
Please add your name to Amnesty International's petition to the Ethiopian authorities to release Eskinder Nega immediately.
Eskinder Nega is an Ethiopian journalist
and human rights activist.
Eskinder has been subjected to outrageous injustices. He was sentenced
to 18 years in jail for writing articles calling for freedom of expression and
an end to torture in Ethiopia.
Sadly, this is not the first time that
Eskinder has been jailed for his activism. Eskinder and his wife, Serkalem, a
newspaper publisher, were previously jailed for speaking out against the
government in 2005 and released in 2007 after continued campaigning by Amnesty
WATCH VIDEO - Serkalem urges us to take action for her husband
arrest came after the Ethiopian government ordered a violent crackdown on
post-election protests in 2005. Security forces reportedly killed nearly two
hundred people. Eskinder and Serkalem wrote and published articles criticizing
the government's actions. For this, they were both arrested and put in
prison.Their son, Nafkot, was born in that prison.
Eskinder, this was one more brutal act of oppression in a life spent being
hounded by his government for defending human rights. Few families have sacrificed
more for their people.
years, the Ethiopian government has clamped down alarmingly on its citizens for
speaking out. According to Serkalem, “freedom of expression and press freedoms
are at their lowest point.” Now the regime has enacted a “terrorism” law that
they use to silence anybody critical of them.
these laws to threaten Eskinder. To ban him from writing. To force Serkalem to
stop publishing. To terrorize their family and threaten Eskinder with the death
And now –
to arrest Eskinder alongside many other prominent journalists.
International believes Eskinder Nega is a prisoner of conscience detailed
solely for his peaceful and legitimate activities as a journalist. Join our
call for his immediate release.
Human Rights in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, the authorities routinely use criminal charges and
accusations of terrorism to silence dissenters. Repression of freedom of
expression has increased alarmingly in recent years. The Ethiopian government
has systematically taken steps to crush dissent in the country by jailing
opposition members and journalists, firing on unarmed protesters, and using
state resources to undermine political opposition. More than a hundred other
Ethiopians, including nine journalists, were charged under the antiterrorism
law. About 150 Ethiopian journalists live in exile — more than from any other
country in the world.
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to add your name to Amnesty’s call for the Ethiopian government to immediately
and unconditionally release Eskinder Nega from prison.
What else you can do
Write a letter
Write a polite letter in your words
directly to Ethiopia urging the release of Eskinder. In your letter you can
address some of the following points:
- Release Eskinder Nega immediately and unconditionally on
the grounds that he is a prisoner of conscience
- Reunite his family and allow him to return to his work
as a journalist
- Until he is free he must be protected from torture and
- He should also have regular access to his lawyer, family,
and to any medical care he may require
Address your letter to:
Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn
P.O. Box 1031
Minister of Justice, Getachew Ambaye
P.O. Box 1370
Postage cost: $1.85
Minister of Justice, Getachew Ambaye
I am writing to express my deep concern for Eskinder Nega
I strongly urge you to:
* Release Eskinder Nega immediately and unconditionally on the grounds that he is a prisoner of conscience
* Reunite his family and allow him to return to his work as a journalist
* Until he is free, he must be protected from torture and other ill-treatment
* He should also have regular access to his lawyer, family and to any medical care he may require