• 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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  • Isaak Babel prison mugshot
    Let Me Finish

    In this week’s “Nightwatch” Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno uses executed Russian writer Isaak Babel as a jumping off point to explore humanity’s long, complex relationship with Paradise.

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  • Maung Aung Pwint. Photo: Khet Mar
    Maung Aung Pwint: People’s Poet

    In this week’s Tea House column, writer Khet Mar profiles Maung Aung Pwint, a Burmese poet who was imprisoned for eight years for “illegal possession of a fax machine” and “sending news” to foreign media organizations.

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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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  • UNESCO World Press Freedom Day
    Celebrating Press Freedom in Unfreedom

    Today the world will gather to mark the annual World Press Freedom Day in Tunisia where the Arab Spring was ignited. I am sure the government of Ethiopia will also “celebrate” the WPFD by organizing some kind of communist-style public drama.

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