Journalists Killed  |  Ethiopia

Tesfaye Tadesse

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.


Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.


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