Watch Interview with Befiqadu Hailu
Befeqadu, also known as Befekadu Hailu, is an award-winning Ethiopian writer, activist and blogger who has been imprisoned solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression. Befeqadu, along with other members of the Zone 9 blogging group, was arbitrarily arrested and charged with terrorism in 2014 due to his online and offline activism and campaigning on human rights in Ethiopia. Although he has now been released, Befeqadu is still facing trial for a charge of “inciting violence through writing”.
He’s a prolific writer – he came third in the 2012 Burt Award for African Literature for his novel Children of their Parents (2013) and was awarded the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2015. He tweets about human rights in Ethiopia.
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