Press freedom in Ethiopia has blossomed. Will it last?

ESKINDER NEGA founded his first newspaper, Ethiopis, in 1993. After seven issues it was forced to close, the first paper charged under a muzzling law introduced by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which had shot its way to power two years before. Three more of Eskinder’s newspapers were shut down by the courts

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Ethiopia: The Sidama Quest for Self Rule Is Ripe, Smearing It Is Ineffective

[Addis Standard] With the coming of prime minister Abiy Ahmed and his reformist agenda, a political change has been sweeping Ethiopia like never before. PM Abiy has introduced significant transformation and his reform initiatives have been gathering pace

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Eritrea:What Peace Will Mean for Eritrea – Africa’s ‘North Korea’

[The Conversation Africa] The end of hostilities between Ethiopia and Eritrea has been met with relief in the region as well as globally. But what does it mean for Eritrea, which has been dubbed the North Korea of Africa. The Conversation Africa’s Julius Maina spoke to Martin Plaut about the implications for the small and reclusive state.

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