Jailed Ethiopian journalist wins UNESCO prize - Ethiopian journalist, Reeyot Alemu, who is serving a five-year sentence, is the winner of the 2013 World Press Freedom prize - UNESCO/Guillermo Cano - in recognition of her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression”, the jury said on Tuesday.
Alemu has contributed to several independent publications dealing with political and social issues, focusing on poverty and gender equality.
She founded her own own publishing house and a monthly news magazine, Change, but were both closed by the Ethiopian authorities.
In June 2011, while Alemu was writing a regular column in Feteh, a national weekly magazine, she was arrested, accused of three charges and sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment.
But in 3 August last year, the Ethiopian Federal Supreme Court reduced the sentence to five years by dropping the first two charges, which were receiving money from illegal sources and possession of terrorist material. The third charge, participating in the promotion or communication of a terrorist act, has stood.
The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano press freedom prize, set up in 1997 by the UNESCO executive council and awarded every year during the celebration of the international press freedom day, aims at honouring a person or organization which has made notable contribution to the defence or promotion of press freedom.