Ethiopia’s parliamentary elections are set to be held May 24th, but there is little doubt the ruling party will win an overwhelming majority amidst a crackdown on independent media and political dissidents.

This week on Global Journalist, we look at why and how the restrictions on the media in Africa’s second-most populous country began, and speak with a journalist who spent more than a year in prison for reporting.

This week’s guests include:

  • Martin Schibbye, a Swedish journalist and co-author of thebook, “438 Days,” chronicling his time in prison.
  • Endalk Chala, a co-founder of Zone 9, a group of bloggers advocating human rights and free speech in Ethiopia.
  • Leslie Lefkow, the deputy director at Human Rights Watch’s Africa division

This week’s show is audio-only.