By Girma Berhanu (Professor)August 14, 20201. IntroductionEskinder Nega is a well known journalist, political activist and most-discussed political prisoner acknowledged globally for 1 / 4 of a century. He’s the founder and chief of the opposition celebration, Balderas for True Democracy. He was described by the worldwide media as a number one advocate for press freedom and freedom of expression in Ethiopia. He has been out and in of jail over a interval of 20 years underneath two regimes, together with TPLF/EPRDF and ODP/ EPRDF [Prosperity party]. He has been jailed over 10 instances by the Ethiopian authorities on convictions for treason, “outrages against the constitution”, and “incitement to armed conspiracy”, amongst others. Previously two years, he was arrested and harassed quite a few instances by Addis Ababa police and safety forces for unspecified causes. At instances, he and his codefendants had been accused of displaying a prohibited nationwide flag and gathering in violation of an official state of emergency. The accusations are too quite a few to say all right here. Amnesty Worldwide as soon as designated him a prisoner of conscience, “detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression”.  At present he’s again to jail once more.He was the editor of the newspapers Etopis, Satenaw, Asqual and Menelik. He acquired a number of worldwide awards for his passionate writings, dedication and bravado within the face of tyranny and steady harassment[1]. He was dubbed a fearless journalist and campaigner for democracy!On this reflective report, I’m not going to jot down about his household background, training, or the horrible ache he and his household has gone by means of. This historical past is offered elsewhere. I’m extra interested by why he’s troubled by the political elites. Why is he perceived as a risk and ‘troublemaker’ by the institution? What are the political elites petrified of? When Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed – the Nobel Peace Prize winner – used sturdy and threatening language for the primary time, he did it towards the soft-spoken Eskinder. What’s it about Eskinder that will get underneath the pores and skin of those autocratic leaders in order that they proceed to harass him? The reality? What’s the price of telling the reality? Dropping pals. Dropping allies. Dropping freedom. Dropping colleagues. Dropping household lives, shedding affect. Dropping, shedding, shedding. How ought to we pursue the reality in a world that has no tolerance for info that contradict our most well-liked narratives?[1]Proceed studying full article on PDF format Be a part of the dialog. Like borkena on Fb and get Ethiopian Information updates commonly. As properly, you could get Ethiopia Information by following us on twitter @zborkenaThe publish Eskinder Nega : International image of resistance to ethnic inequality, oppression and injustice in Ethiopia appeared first on Borkena Ethiopian Information.

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