Early on July 9, guards in Kaliti prison in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia told Reeyot Alemu to pack up her bags. After four years in prison, she was going home.
Reeyot is one of six journalists, including two bloggers from the Zone 9 blogging collective, released on July 8 and 9. Their only crime was exercising their right to free expression. The timing of the high-profile releases should come as no surprise given President Barack Obama’s forthcoming trip to Ethiopia.