Solomon Abera

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Solomon Abera
Born Tsegakiristos
Occupation presenter, textile worker
Language Tigrigna, Amharic & English
Nationality Ethiopian
Spouse Melkrist
Children Abeynera & Abeyneru

Solomon Abera Gebremichae was a press freedom advocate, and detractor of the Afewerki regime. He died of cancer in December 2011.

Life in Eritrea[edit]

Before becoming a journalist Abera was a textile worker. Following the Eritrean War of Independence in 1991 he worked for the Ministry of Information in the new Eritrean government. In year 2000 he got married and had his daughter Roda.[1] On September 18, 2001, Abera was the news presenter on state-controlled television that announced the end of Eritrea's independent press and the rounding up of leading independent newspaper editors and ruling-party dissidents. In 2004, his second daughter Makda was born. In response to mounting government intimidation and censorship Abera fled Eritrea in 2005.[2]


Following his departure from Eritrea he became an active critic of the Afewerki regime on numerous diaspora websites and an advocate for press freedom.[2] In 2009 he began working with Free Press Unlimited providing several trainings and field missions.[3] In 2011 Abera was among a group of exiled Eritrean journalists who met Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia.[2][4]


Abera's detractors have accused him of being an informant and collaborator with the Ethiopian government, and the Derg regime in particular, during the Eritrean War of Independence.[1]


  1. ^ a b Solomon, Zerai (12 December 2011). "Obituary: Solomon Abera, a scab and a traitor has died". Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Keita, Mohamed (December 2, 2011). "Solomon Abera, who voiced end of Eritrean free press, dies". Chromite to Project Journalists. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "TV-journalist Solomon Abera from Eritrea passed away". Free Press Unlimited. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Prime Minister Meles of Ethiopia with Eritrean Journalists interview.