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Journalists welcome? Ethiopia's new freedom of the press

Ethiopia, was notorious for brutal suppression of dissenters - but, in the meantime, the country has grown to be the flagship state in terms of press freedom in Africa. But distrust remains attached.

"it is impossible To think of democracy without freedom," said Ethiopia's Prime Abiy Ahmed in his inaugural speech in April 2018. "Freedom is not a gift from the government to the people, but a human right. Therefore, we must keep the freedom, as it is in our Constitution." The promise was a Sensation in a country that was notorious for decades for its brutal suppression of any criticism.

The Journalist It Nega was almost seven years behind bars before he was released a few months ago, free - together with hundreds of opposition figures, critics and other journalists. "No one could imagine that our Nation would change in such a short period of time so strong," he says. "I have benefited from this process, because I was in prison. Six months ago I would have never thought that I would be out of here today."

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ARD morning magazine, 03.05.2019, Till Rüger, ARD Wien

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