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Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Unconfirmed: Tesfaye Tadesse

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1999
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Unconfirmed: Tesfaye Tadesse, January 1999, available at: [accessed 24 November 2017]
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Mestawet and Lubar
June 7, 1998, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tesfaye, owner and editor of the now-defunct magazine Mestawet and the newspaper Lubar, was murdered in front of his home. He was stabbed and hacked to death by two unidentified individuals using a knife and a machete. The attackers escaped the scene of the crime in a DX Toyota. Tesfaye, a lawyer by training, was an activist and member of the Ethiopian Peoples Rights Council. He was previously jailed by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front in 1993.

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