"When I grow up will I go to jail like my
dad?" This was the shattering question that the five-year-old son of imprisoned
Ethiopian journalist Woubshet Taye asked his mother after a recent prison
visit. Woubshet's son, named Fiteh (meaning "justice"), has accompanied his
mother on a wayward tour of various prisons since his father was arrested
in June 2011.
Authorities have inexplicably transferred
Woubshet, the former deputy
editor of the independent weekly Awramba Times, to a number of
prisons. From Maekelawi
Prison, authorities transferred him to Kality Prison in the capital, Addis
Ababa, then to remote Ziway Prison, then Kilinto Prison (just outside Addis
Ababa), back to Kality, and in December last year--to Ziway again.