Imprisoned for defending free speech in Ethiopia

August 15, 2013 —

It was only a matter of time before Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu was sent to prison. Her country has become one of the most oppressive in the world for press freedom, with numbers of jailed journalists rising steadily each year. Alemu was arrested on June 21, 2011, falsely accused of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts under the controversial 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, and sentenced to five years in prison. In her recent letter from prison, titled ”Born from Power Thirst”, 2012 Courage in Journalism Award winner Alemu shares her thoughts about the law that labels journalists “terrorists”.