3 October 2010 – Awramba Times:- (Addis Ababa) The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has announced today that Dawit Kebede, Managing Editor of the weekly Awramba Times as one of the four journalists who will be honored the 2010 International Press Freedom Awards. The statement says that all the awardees – Dawit Kebede, Nadira Isayeva of Russia, Laureano Márquez of Venezuela, and Mohammad Davari of Iran – “have risked their freedom and security to report the truth as they see it in their [respected country]“.
Dawit Kebede, Managing Editor of Awramba TimesDawit, 30, was one of the first journalists to be jailed for independent reporting on Ethiopia’s 2005 election violence. And he was among the last to be released under a presidential pardon nearly two years later. Unlike many of his colleagues who went into exile, Dawit chose to stay in Ethiopia after he walked free from Addis Ababa’s Kality Prison, where he had been crammed into a communal cell with 350 political prisoners. The government rebuffed Dawit’s attempts to get a publishing license after his release but relented in the face of public pressure.
“Dawit launched the Awramba Times in February 2008, and today it is the country’s only Amharic-language newspaper that dares question authorities.” says CPJ. While asked to explain three things people should know about him by CPJ, Dawit says. “First, it is impossible for me to live without the life I have as a journalist. Second, unless it becomes a question of life and death, I will never be leaving Ethiopia. Third, I am not an opposition. As a journalist, whatsoever would be a governing regime in Ethiopia, I will never hesitate from writing issues criticizing it for the betterment of the nation.”
Next month Dawit will be traveling to the USA to receive his Award, together with the three international awardees, at a ceremony which will be held in New York. The Award will be attended by an audience of leading journalists and major media executives. Sir Howard Stinger, Chairman and CEO of SONY Corporation, will chair the black-tie dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
“The Award is a great success not only for Dawit, but also for those who are contributing their share for the respect and protection of press freedom in Ethiopia. This huge achievement of yours is also a great achievement for the entire staff.” said Fitsum Mamo, Editor In-Chief of Awramba Times.You may view the latest post at http://awramba.com/You received this e-mail because you asked to be notified when new updates are posted. Best regards, Awramba.com firstname.lastname@example.org