• A computer lab in Mekelle University, Ethiopia.
    Territorial Righteousness

    In his column this week, Exiled Ethiopian writer Mesfin Negash dissects “territorial righteousness,” the idea that one has less right to citizenship, less information, less understanding, and less sympathy to national issues because one lives in exile.

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  • Jenin Protests_ Sawt Al-Mana
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week, an anti-Islamist film ignited violent protests across the Arab world; Freedom Theater co-founder Zakaria Zubeidi to begin death fast until he is released from a Palestinian prison; Aseem Trivedi jailed for cartoon mocking Indian government.

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  • 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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  • Myanmar goverment abolishes direct media censorship after 50 years.
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: Myanmar government announces it is to end direct media censorship; writer Patrick Ness on censorship in the internet age; World Writers’ Conference issues statement condemning Arizona book ban. Also, news from India, Syria, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Russia.

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  • A silent protest held on July 27th at the Grand Anwar Mosque in Addis Ababa. Photo: youtube user Sefir Islam.
    Silence is Loud

    For eight months Ethiopian Muslims have been protesting against the government’s interference in the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council. Journalist Mesfin Negash examines the ways in which the government has suppressed protesters and religious freedom.

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  • Lydia Cacho
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In this week’s Freedom of Speech Roundup, prominent investigative journalist Lydia Cacho flees Mexico after death threats, exiled satirist Abebe Tolla talks about censorship in Ethiopia, and author Alom Shaha calls for a discussion on Islam. Plus news and analysis from around the world.

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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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  • Freedom Theatre in Jenin
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In this week’s Freedom of Speech Roundup news and analysis from Palestine, Russia, China, Sudan and Thailand. Also a book review of China in Ten Words by Yu Hua, and an open letter calling on Obama to ask for Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega’s release.

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