Breaking News: Reeyot Alemu released

Fana Radio has reported that Reeyot Alemu, Ethiopian journalist who has been serving a 5-year prison sentence, sentenced under the anti-terrorism laws has been released today.

In June 2011, she was arrested by Ethiopian authorities on charges of terrorism, for which she was sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment and a fine of 33,000 birrs (USD 1,850) but in August 2012, an appeals court reduced the 14-year prison sentence to 5 years and dropped most of the terrorism charges against her.

She has reportedly joined her family today.

Since 2012, she has won three awards in absentia, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), theHellman/Hammett press freedom prize and the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.


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