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A look into the three days event from the eyes of the host country 

Tsedale Lemma

For what is believed to be a punitive handling of the free media by the government in Ethiopia, the mere fact that the country was picked up to be the venue to host this year’s African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) – held between 6 -8 of November here in Addis Ababa – was a clear betrayal of the fundamental (and universal) nature of freedom of the press. After all, the world is convinced that Ethiopia is where seven journalists are condemned to languish in its notorious jails, making it the third jailer next to the two politically and economically worse off countries in the continent: Eritrea and Somalia. It is also a country where countless print media outlets have been systematically gagged; a country that has the highest number of journalists in exile; and a country, regrettably, where in the 21st century electronics media is still under the unyielding grip of the state.