• A child bowing at the body of Meles Zenawi. Photo provided by the author.
    Farewell and Farce-well to a Dictator

    Journalist Mesfin Negash examines the effect that PM Meles Zenawi’s death has had on Ethiopia. Negash highlights how state media has manufactured the image of national grief, blurring the lines between private and public mourning.

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  • Meles Zenawi
    Dead Until Proven Alive

    In this week’s Ethiopiques column exiled journalist Mesfin Negash discusses the apparent disappearance of Ethiopian president Meles Zenawi, who hasn’t been seen in public for over 50 days. Rumors are Zenawi might be critically ill or even dead.

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  • A protest calling for the release of Ethiopian political prisoners. Photo: flickr user Mira (on the wall). Creative Commons.
    Ethiopia: Home, Bitter Prison

    In this week’s Ethiopiques exiled journalist Mesfin Negash reflects on the ways that Ethiopia – once home, sweet, home – has become “a bitter prison for the majority of Ethiopians, both at home and abroad.”

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  • Internet cafe in Jigjiga, Ethiopia
    Digitized Struggle

    In this week’s “Ethiopiques” column journalist Mesfin Negash examines the challenges and opportunities offered by the internet to activists in Ethiopia.

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  • London Book Fair
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In the Weekly Freedom of Speech Roundup Sampsonia Way presents some of the week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature.

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  • Photo: Steve Rhodes
    Is it Worth the Risk?

    “Why do writers risk imprisonment or death for an idea?” In this week’s Ethiopiques journalist Mesfin Negash reflects on the risks faced by journalists, activists, and human rights defenders.

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