Ethiopians should have the right to voice their concerns about their country’s affairs. Private, independent media outlets facilitate the venue for an open discourse. The government’s persistent attack on press freedom, therefore, will only exacerbate the people’s anguish. No government is perfect. Those who use pens to expose the imperfections should not be subjected to abuse and persecution.
All jailed journalists and bloggers — and many others who are incarcerated for speaking against repression and injustice in Ethiopia — should be freed. It will be one small step on a long democratic journey.
Tewodros Abebe, Accokeek