Journalist Eskinder Nega still in Ethiopian jail

Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega is still being held in jail, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists(CPJ) said today.

CPJ said the journalist is being held because he refused to sign a false confession that would have qualified him for a presidential pardon.

Eskinder, who has spent almost seven years in jail for his work, was one of 746 prisoners due to be pardoned by President Mulatu Teshome on February 8, according to media reports.

The CPJ has condemned the Ethiopian government’s attempts to compel him the journalist to sign a bogus confession.

“Through this deplorable behavior the Ethiopian government is undermining any goodwill it might have generated by releasing an innocent man from prison,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal.

“Ethiopian authorities should immediately release Eskinder Nega without condition.”

At 11 a.m. local time, a prison official asked Eskinder to sign a form which falsely stated that he was a member of Ginbot 7, an organization that the government deems a terrorist group, Eskinder’s wife, Serkalem Fasil, told CPJ. Eskinder refused and asked to see a more senior official. That request was not granted, and the journalist was returned to his cell, his wife said.

Eskinder is serving an 18-year sentence on vague terrorism charges, according to CPJ research.

The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention condemned his 2012 trial and conviction and said it was connected to his “peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression.”

The group found his arrest without warrant and prosecution was flawed, and the trial fell short of international standards of fairness.

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One Response to Journalist Eskinder Nega still in Ethiopian jail

  1. Addissu Admas Reply

    February 12, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    This is the kind of human being that has been absent in Ethiopia now for a very long time. I applaud and honor Eskinder for his integrity and resolve, and commend him for standing up not only for truth, but also for all Ethiopians. His sacrifice and suffering should be an example to us all. But particularly to those who stand silent in the face of tyranny, oppression and corruption. I can only imagine what he has been through all these years behind bars, and how he must have missed his young children and his wife, not to mention the constant inhumane deprivation and treatment he has been subjected to. He could have simply bought himself a temporary freedom by signing a false statement; but he chose to never compromise his principles for an illusory freedom. I only wish there were more of him in Ethiopia today. I say to you Eskendir that if you must remain in prison for us all, we will never stop shouting your name until those who deprived you of freedom end up taking your place. I say Long Live Eskinder, and may your example shine upon us and inspire us all to fight for our Ethiopia.

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