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Abebe Gellaw

Abebe Gellaw is an exiled Ethiopian journalist and human rights activist. In a government crackdown on journalists and freedom of expression,Ethiopia’s high court charged him with terrorism in November 2011. Gellaw, along with four other Ethiopian journalists in exile, was charged in absentia. He is the first Ethiopian journalist to win the prestigious Knight Fellowship, as well as the Yahoo! International Fellowship. From 1996 to 1998, Gellaw was a senior reporter and columnist for the Ethiopian Herald, the only English daily in the country, after which he was exiled to the U.K. Gellaw then worked in London asa radio producer and broadcaster for Health Africa. From 2000 to 2004, he was managing editor of New Vision, a UK-based refugee e-journal. Since 2005, he has been a regular contributor and columnist for major Ethiopian online media outlets. He founded Addis Voice, a web platform that disseminated news that had been censored by the Ethiopian government. He also created Addis Multimedia Proxy Toolbar, an online tool that circumvented government censorship. Gellaw is the recipient of a number of awards for his work in journalism. His op-eds,articles, and interviews have appeared in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Guardian, The Far East Review, the Stanford Report, and Global Integrity “The Corruption Notebooks 2008,” a book that focuses on corruption and abuses of power, written by leading journalists around the world. Today Gellaw lives in Washington, D.C. and is the executive director of Ethiopian Satellite Television & Radio (ESAT) and hosts a regular talk show on the station. You can find his current commentary and writings on his social media pages.

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