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Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Confirmed: Abay Hailu

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1999
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Confirmed: Abay Hailu, January 1999, available at: [accessed 13 October 2015]
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February 9, 1998, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Abay, a reporter for the weekly Agiere and editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Welafen, died on after nearly one year in prison. Initially refused treatment for a deteriorating medical condition, he was eventually hospitalized but died five days later. He was arrested on February 22, 1997, after publishing a report about the threat of Islamic fundamentalism in Ethiopia. He remained in jail because he was unable to meet bail and was sentenced in November to a year in prison.

Job:Print Reporter
Beats Covered:Human Rights, Politics
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire:Government Officials


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