In Abiy’s Ethiopia, press freedom flourished then fear returned

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By Maggie Fick NAIROBI (Reuters) – When Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took over in 2018 and freed dozens of jailed members of the media as part of a raft of political reforms, journalist Dessu Dulla rushed home from the Netherlands. The 45-year-old, now a deputy editor at a local online news outlet, said he had fled repression in 2004. He initially savoured new freedoms under Abiy, who won global plaudits including the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize which noted his work on “discontinuing media censorship.” Three years on, Dessu and four other Ethiopian journalists interviewed by Reuters say the…

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