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Kassahun Addis

Kassahun Addis was a special correspondent of The Washington Post and contributing reporter for Time from 2006 to 2009. He has also worked as a political commentator with Ethiopian newspapers The Sub-Saharan Informer and The Reporter. He lives in exile in the United States after being persecuted by the Ethiopian government for his independent reporting.

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Vigil in DC honors Ethiopian blogger Eskinder Nega

People gather at a candlelight vigil to commemorate the first anniversary of the arrest of imprisoned blogger Eskinder Nega. (George Newcomb)

Writer, journalist, blogger, and free speech activist Eskinder Nega, the 2012 recipient of PEN American Center's Freedom to Write Award, lived in Washington, D.C., before returning to his native Ethiopia to start one of the country's first-ever independent newspapers. On Friday, Eskinder was back in D.C.--not physically, but as the subject of a candlelight vigil at the African American Civil War Memorial that commemorated the first anniversary of the blogger's arrest and sent the message that those jailed for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of speech are never forgotten.

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