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AN URGENT PETITION TO UNHCR TO HELP Henok Alemayehu
Petition Background (Preamble):
First of all I am Henok Alemayehu. I am ethiopian Journalist, Publisher and editor in chife Amharic weekly Medina news paper and Magzine. (editor-in-chief and publisher of the defunct Amharic weekly Medina)
Dear Sir. Now has left my country and family for Turkey due to fear of persecution. Forced into exile by the barbaric government of Meles Zenawi.
As the case of many others, has suffered from intimidation, harassment, arbitrary detention and torture by the incumbent regime in Ethiopia. Recently, he was arrested for exercising his professional right not to reveal his news source(s). I was jailed after being unable to pay a 4,000 birr (US$500) bail. Is charged with defamation in connection with an article that appeared in Medina in June. According to local sources, the article quoted an opinion piece from the Web site ethiopiancommentator.com, which is run by an Ethiopian in the diaspora, alleging that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was involved in the May 2001 assassination of Kinfe Gebre-Medhin, Ethiopia’s former security and intelligence chief and a close ally of Zenawi. The article also alleged that Zenawi was insane.
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In 2001 - 2005, Henok wrote an article critical of the government's current poltices. His article highlighted that the Defamation and Poltical opnion. He was arrested and imprisoned for Per year 4 times 3 up to many days before being released on bail.
Arbitrary arrest followed by release on high levels of bail is one of the tactics used by the government to intimidate the Medina press into imposing self-censorship. CPJ says, "Alemayhu, publisher and editor of the private Amharic-language weekly Medina, was jailed after being unable to pay a 4,000 birr (US$500) bail. Alemayhu is charged with defamation in connection with an article that appeared in Medina in June. According to local sources, the article quoted an opinion piece from the Web site ethiopiancommentator.com, which is run by an Ethiopian in the diaspora, alleging that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was involved in the May 2001 assassination of Kinfe Gebre-Medhin, Ethiopia’s former security and intelligence chief and a close ally of Zenawi. The article also alleged that Zenawi was insane."
Along with the frequent harassment, intimidation, police interrogations and threats of torture, other attacks have been made against the media. The private tabloid Asquwal, satenaw, menlik, ethiop and so many office was shut down. The state's monopoly over the press includes ownership and management of most of the media and all of the large printing firms. It uses the state owned press to mark-up the cost of producing newspapers, making the sales prices of private tabloids more expensive and out of reach for the majority of the reading public.
To help this promising young journalist to survive and develop, we humbly ask and beg the UNHCR to give her situation immediate attention. Henok does need much to improve his current position. he is an active fighter for peace, freedom, human rights and democracy. Helping his move the souls of people in Ethiopia, you will be helping journlists in every corner of this world.
MAY GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA.
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