PEN International welcomes the news that Ethiopian journalists Eskinder Nega, Woubshet Taye, and blogger Zelalem Workagegnehu.
Solomon Hailemariam, former president of PEN Ethiopia and current PEN Canada Writer-in-Exile, reflects on his first Canadian winter.
Ethiopia’s government is known for suppressing independent voices. It routinely jails journalists, opposition leaders, activists, and peaceful demonstrators.
Blogger Zelalem Workagegnehu’s appeal against his sentence of five years in prison on terrorism charges will be heard on July 6, 2016.
The Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega will receive PEN Canada’s One Humanity Award on the opening night of the 36th International Festival of Authors.
Martha Kumsa came to Canada in 1991. As a journalist from Ethiopia, she had been held in prison under atrocius conditions for nine years and eight months before being released in 1989 with the help of PEN Canada. The following is a reflection on fractured identity, from being Oromo, to Ethiopian, to a Black writer in Canada.
On March 3, 2014, award-winning author Camilla Gibb hosted the second event in the PEN Picks series presented in partnership with Hot Docs, at which celebrated authors are invited to present a documentary of their choice.