(ኢ.ኤም.ኤፍ) በአሁኑ ወቅት በቃሊቲ እስር ቤት የምትገኘው ጋዜጠኛ ርዕዮት አለሙ፤ ኒው ዮርክ እየተደረገ ባለው ዝግጅት ላይ አለም አቀፍ የሴቶች ሚዲያ ፋውንዴሽን ሽልማቱን አበርክቶላታል። ሽልማቱን ለመቀበል ቀደም ሲል የታጨው ጓደኛዋ ስለሺ ሃጎስ ቢሆንም፤ ወደ አሜሪካ ለመምጣት ቪዛ በመከልከሉ ምክንያት በስፍራው ሊገኝ አልቻለም። ሆኖም የኢትዮጵያ ነጻ ፕሬስን በተመሳሳይ ሽልማቶች እንዲበቁ የሚያደርገው የጸሃይ አሳታሚ ድርጅት አቶ ኤልያስ ወንድሙ በስፍራው ተገኝተው ሽልማቱን የተቀበሉ መሆኑን በተለይ ለኢ.ኤም.ኤፍ የደረሰው ዘገባ አስረድቷል። ከዚህ በታች ለህትመት ያበቃነው ጽሁፍም ርዕዮት አለሙ ከቃሊቲ እስር ቤት የላከችው ሲሆን፤ በሽልማቱ ስነ ስር ዓት ላይ ተነቧል።
የንግግሯ ሙሉ ቃል ከዚህ የሚከተለው ነው።
First, I want to express my great thanks for the officials and staff of the IWMF for giving reward to my efforts and courage. I also wish to express my deep appreciation to my fiancé Sileshi Hagos, family and friends for their strong support and encouragement throughout my endeavor.
Next, I would like to say something about my country’s current political condition and the reason why I am arrested.
When I became politically aware, I understood that being a supporter or member of a ruling party is a prerequisite to live safely and to get a job. If someone tries to be out of this circle, he or she will be punished. I am one of them who tries to object EPRDF because of its bad doings.
Shooting the people who march through the streets demanding freedom and democracy, jailing the opposition party leaders and journalists because of only they have different looking from the ruling party, preventing freedom of speech, association and the press, corruption and domination of one tribe are some of the bad doings of our government.
As a journalist who feels responsibility to change these bad facts, I was preparing articles that oppose the injustices I explained before.
When I did it, I know that I would pay the price for my courage and I was ready to accept that price. Because journalism is a profession that I am willing to devote myself.
I know for EPRDF, journalists must be only propaganda machines for the ruing party. But for me, journalists are the voices of the voiceless.
That’s why I wrote many articles which reveal the truth of the oppressed ones. Even if I am facing a lot of problems because of it, I always stand firmly for my principle and profession.
Lastly, I want to ask the international community to understand about the real Ethiopia. The real Ethiopia isn’t like that you watch in Ethiopia television or as you listen to the government officials talk about it.
In real Ethiopia, a lot of repressions are being done. My story can show you the story of many Ethiopians who are in prison because of their independent thinking. Please, try your best to change this bad reality.