Serkalem Fasil

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Serkalem Fasil
Born c. 1978
Nationality Ethiopian
Occupation Journalist
Known for 2005 imprisonment
Spouse(s) Eskinder Nega
Awards IWMF Courage in Journalism Award, 2007

Serkalem Fasil (Amharic: ሰርካለም ፋሲል; born c. 1978[1]) is an Ethiopian journalist and former co-publisher of the newspapers Asqual, Menilik, and Satenaw.


In 1997, Fasil began her journalistic career at the newspaper Wenchef. The following year, at the age of twenty, she founded her own newspaper, Menilik, put out by her own publishing house. She began another, Asqual, in 2001, and a third, Satenaw, in 2004. She served Menilik's deputy editor and the chairwoman of Satenaw's board.[1]

In November 2005, Fasil was arrested along with thirteen other reporters, including her husband, Eskinder Nega,[2][3] after publishing articles critical of the Ethiopian government's actions during the May 2005 parliamentary elections. Fasil and her co-defendants were charged with "treason, outrages against the Constitution and incitement to armed conspiracy".[4]

Amnesty International identified her as a prisoner of conscience, who had not advocated or used violence.[4] She was being held in a Kaliti Prison in Addis Ababa in a rat-, cockroach-, and flea-infested cell.[5] While in prison, Fasil gave birth to her and Nega's son.[3][2] She was released by presidential pardon on 10 April 2007, along with her husband and 27 other defendants.[3]

Fasil won a "Courage in Journalism Award" from the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation) in 2007.[1] She donated the prize money to Amnesty International in thanks for helping to secure her release from prison.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Serkalem Fasil, Ethiopia". International Women's Media Foundation. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Jailed Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega honoured". BBC News. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Spielmann, Peter James (2 May 2012). "PEN honors jailed Ethiopian journalist". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Freed journalist donates prize to Amnesty International". Amnesty International. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Ethiopia: Serkalem Fasil (f)". Amnesty International. 28 November 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-01-09. Retrieved 16 January 2007.