Imprisoned Ethiopian columnist honored in Ciudad Colón by U.N. official

University for Peace photo
Irina Bokova helps plant a tree on the Ciudad Colón campus

Irina Bokova, the director general of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, visited the University for Peace in Ciudad Colón Friday to award this year’s press freedom prize to an imprisoned Ethiopian journalist. May 3 was Press Freedom Day.

The recipient of the Guillermo Cano prize for press freedom is Reeyot Alemu, a part-time columnist and teacher who is being held on a terrorist charge. She has received support from a number of international press organizations.

All of the charges against Reeyot were based on her journalistic activities — emails she had received from pro-opposition discussion groups and reports and photographs she had sent to opposition news sites, said the Committee to Protect Journalists. She was detained in 2011 on three charges, and originally faced 14 years in prison.

Two charges have been thrown out, and she is in jail for five years. She has mananged to write a book about her ordeal.

The Committee to Protect Journalists just wrote Berhan Hailu, the Ethiopian justice minister because Ms. Alemu has been threatened with solitary confinement for making her case known.

Guillermo Cano is a Colombian editor who was assassinated in 1986.

While at the university, Ms. Bokova toured a center for sustainable development that will host a new professorship sponsored by the U.N. organization.

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