The Ethiopian journalist and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Eskinder Nega was unconditionally released on February 14, as part of a government pardon of 746 prisoners.
Eskinder has been in jail for seven years. He was sentenced to 18 years in jail for writing articles calling for freedom of expression and an end to torture in Ethiopia.
Soon Eskinder and his wife, Serkalem, who was also previously jailed for speaking out against the government, will be enjoying their freedom along with their son, Nafkot who was born in prison.
Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: