Power of the Press: Ethiopian journalist defies brutal government

Posted by on Apr 15 2008 | Uncategorized

All of us at the Independence Institute hold sacred the five freedoms contained within the First Amendment.  Those individual liberties along with other constitutionally protected freedoms are central to our mission of promoting personal and economic freedom. Yet, still it is easy, even for us, to take for granted simple freedom of expression. That’s why our house event next Tuesday, April 22 is so important. Join us for a compelling speech from Ethiopian journalist Habtamu Dugo. A persecuted reporter and academic, Mr. Dugo will share his experiences exposing human rights abuses in Ethiopia, restrictions on freedom of the press and what happens when a journalist dares to defy the brutal Ethiopian government.

Mr. Dugo’s articles have appeared on about 10 opposition websites, mostly operated from the Diaspora in North America and Europe. Examples of these are online portals such as the Sudan Tribune, Gadaa, and on his own blog Free Oromia.

Mr. Dugo will join us for a reception at the II offices on Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. followed by his presentation at 6:00 p.m. For more information visit our events page or call 303-279-6536. To RSVP email rsvp@i2i.org.

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