Denial of Eskinder Nega’s Freedom of Movement by Ethiopian Authorities Callous and Baseless

Denial of Eskinder Nega’s Freedom of Movement by Ethiopian Authorities Callous and Baseless

For Immediate Release

April 20, 2018

NEW YORK (Pen America) — In response to reports relayed to PEN America by his family that Eskinder Nega, 2012 PEN/ Freedom to Write Award Winner, was prevented from leaving Ethiopia and had his passport seized while on his way to be honored at an awards ceremony in Europe, PEN America’s Karin Karlekar, Director of Free Expression at Risk Programs, issued the following statement:

“We are appalled by this callous and baseless infringement on Eskinder’s freedom of movement. There is no active court case against Eskinder, and there are no grounds for him to be prevented from leaving the country. The Ethiopian government must cease acting with such flagrant disregard for the rights of its citizens. We call upon the government to immediately return Eskinder’s passport and permit him to travel.”