Ethiopian News: Eskinder Nega wins Oxfam Novibm, PEN Awards 2018
“...The Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega can not accept his prize because he is serving a long prison sentence.”
“ Eskinder Nega even had to pay for that with a long term prison sentence and our thoughts are with him, his wife, who is happy here, and with his son. We are very pleased with the presence of Milagros Socorro, who dares to hold the rulers to account in spite of threats.”
‘People like Socorro and Nega, with their work, stand up for freedoms that are increasingly under pressure all over the world. We as an international organization are increasingly feeling the heat of repression and intimidation in countries where we work and it is becoming increasingly difficult and dangerous to openly support human rights activists.
The Ethiopian blogger and journalist Eskinder Nega was arrested in September 2011 by the Ethiopian authorities after posting a column about the arrest of a number of journalists, due to alleged ‘terrorist’ activities. He also criticized the arrest of the well-known Ethiopian actor and government critic Debebe Eshetu. Nega is serving a prison sentence of 18 years. [Retrieved from: ecadf forum]
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Ethiopian Lawmakers Vote To Ban Foreign Adoptions.
The Associated Press reports, "Ethiopia's new National Child Policy says orphans should grow up only in their homeland while honoring their culture and traditions. 'They should either be adopted locally or supported by a guardian family, tutor or help them to reunite with biological parents or relatives.'"