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Eskinder Firew

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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About Eskinder
Eskinder Firew is an esteemed journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a career spanning about two decades at the Voice of America, Horn of Africa Service, since joining in 2005. His reporting primarily focuses on conflict resolution and political affairs, with a special emphasis on Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, where he has diligently covered the peace talks mediated by the regional bloc IGAD. Eskinder's work has been pivotal in elucidating the efforts to establish a transitional government and the persistent challenges in the war-torn region, thereby enhancing the understanding of international relations and civil strife in South Sudan.

Eskinder adeptly reports in Amharic, Ethiopia's official language and English , catering to a diverse audience. His proficiency in English was particularly instrumental during the South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa, where he reported continuously for the South Sudan in Focus Program. His versatility as a journalist was also showcased when he served as a pool reporter during former Second Lady Jill Biden's visit to Ethiopia in July 2016.

His interviews included exclusive sit-down interviews with the current 
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, foreign ambassadors and diplomats.

"Eskinder is an established journalistic institution in Ethiopia, with a long￾time following and a particular skill set that is unique value in Addis", a former chief of VOA’s Horn of Africa Service said.

Prior to his tenure at the Voice of America, Eskinder honed his journalistic skills at Ethiopian Television, where he was recognized as an award-winning journalist. His roles there included reporter, editor, and program producer, which equipped him with a robust foundation in media and journalism, setting the stage for his subsequent contributions to international reporting and his insightful coverage of critical political events in the Horn of Africa.
Languages
English
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Fact Checking
Skills
Fact Checking
Portfolio

Ethiopia Cautiously Embraces New Era of Press Freedom

03 May 2019  |  voanews.com
Ethiopia is experiencing a new era of press freedom as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has released all journalists from jail, marking the first time in 14 years that no journalists are imprisoned in the country. The government has also unblocked internet access and about 260 websites. On World Press Freedom Day, Abiy spoke about the importance of responsible journalism in the face of newfound freedoms. Tsedale Lemma, editor-in-chief of Addis Standard, expressed concerns about populist media inciting ethnic hatred and emphasized the need for the press to maintain high standards. The event, organized by UNESCO, also highlighted the global challenges faced by journalists, with about 100 killed and over 300 imprisoned worldwide. However, Ethiopia's progress offers hope to international observers.

Solidarity, Resolve After Blast Interrupts Rally For Unity in Ethiopia

24 Jun 2018  |  www.voanews.com
An explosion at a rally for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, which killed two people, interrupted what was the largest peaceful gathering in Ethiopia's history. The rally in Addis Ababa, attended by hundreds of thousands, was in support of Ahmed's message of unity and reform. Despite the blast, which some called an assassination attempt, the event highlighted significant public support for Ahmed's reforms, including the release of dissidents and lifting of press restrictions. Challenges remain, particularly regarding peace efforts with Eritrea and opposition from the TPLF party. Authorities have arrested 30 people in connection with the explosion, including the capital's deputy police chief.

South Sudan Warring Sides Make Peace - Again

14 Jan 2018  |  Voice of America
The regional bloc IGAD is mediating peace talks in South Sudan and has given the conflicting parties a two-week deadline to finalize the details of a transitional government. IGAD has also issued a warning that it will take action against any party that breaches the new peace agreement. This development is part of ongoing efforts to resolve the conflict in South Sudan, which has been marked by civil war and political instability.

South Sudan Warring Sides Make Peace - Again

14 Jan 2018  |  Voice of America
The regional bloc IGAD is mediating peace talks in South Sudan and has given the conflicting parties a two-week deadline to finalize the details of a transitional government. IGAD has also issued a warning that it will take action against any party that breaches the new peace agreement. This development is part of ongoing efforts to resolve the conflict in South Sudan, which has been marked by civil war and political instability.

Compromise Peace Deal for South Sudan Off to Shaky Start

21 Jul 2015  |  voaafrica.com
The compromise peace deal for South Sudan began uncertainly as the government announced it would reject any new conditions to the agreement. The IGAD Plus mediation team, including international entities, was invited to modify the deal. The final round of talks is scheduled for early August, with a deadline for a peace agreement set for August 17. Previous deadlines have passed without an agreement. The conflict in South Sudan has resulted in significant casualties, displacement, and economic hardship.
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