Ethiopian Journalist Branded a ‘Terrorist’ and Locked Up for 18 Years Wins 2014 Golden Pen of Freedom

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By: William Turvill | PressGazette.co.uk

An Ethiopian journalist branded a “terrorist” and currently serving an 18-year prison sentence has been awarded the 2014 Golden Pen of Freedom.

Eskinder Nega (pictured) has been jailed on at least seven occasions in his country. On the latest occasion, he was locked up for challenging the laws used against him and speculating that the Arab Spring uprisings could be repeated in Ethiopia. He wrote on these subjects despite already having had his journalism ‘licence’ taken away from him.

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