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Mahlet Fasil

Addis Abeba, May 26/2017 – In what came as a big moment of relief to family and friends,  despite it being a further blow to freedom of the press in Ethiopia, the federal high Court 19th criminal bench has this morning sentenced Journalist Getachew Shiferaw editor-in-chief of a local Amharic newspaper Negere-Ethiopia, established by the opposition Semayawi (Blue) Party to one year and six months in jail, a time period he has  already served since his first arrest on December 25, 2015.

Accordingly, Getachew is expected to be freed  as of the court’s ruling this morning because he will be entitled to four months of good time credit per one year of his incarceration.

Original Title in Amharic: [ፈርዖን፡ የአምባገነኖች ተምሳሌት]

Author: Ahmedin Jebel

Published: Aug. 2015

Reviewed by Abadir M. Ibrahim, for Addis Standard

Addis Abeba, May 12, 2017 – The author wrote the book during his time in prison, where he remains for over four and a half years at the time this review is published. While it is interesting to read about how he had to write the book despite his imprisonment, despite his torturous experience in prison, and despite prison guards trying to prevent him from writing and searching him regularly to confiscate his work, what is even more interesting is that the book actually owes its existence to the author’s imprisonment and torture.


Merhatsidk  Mekonnen  Abayneh, For Addis Standard

Bahir Dar, May 9, 2017 – Being one of the first 51 founding members of the United Nations, Ethiopia’s relation with the world body is as old as the latter’s formation way back in June 1945. In fact, it was one of the earliest ratifiers of the UN Charter which happened on November 13, 1945.

The country has immensely played a pivotal role ever since in the organization’s multiple functions such as peace-keeping operations. Far from active participation both in the General Assembly and the Security Council as well as the Specialized Agencies, Ethiopia has always volunteered to come forward in sending out its combat troops without hesitation to a dozen of UN-mandated peace operations and similar engagements whenever and wherever they were so required for the mission.