MDIA grad student Abraham Zere is a US based Eritrean writer/journalist who is the executive director of PEN Eritrea in exile. Among others his articles - that mainly deal with Eritrea’s gross human rights abuses and lack of freedom of expression - have appeared on The Guardian, The Independent and Index on Censorship Magazine. Zere also frequently writes for Al Jazeera English.
Recently, Zere was featured as a case study in Global Journalism: An Introduction (MacMillan, 2019) by Michael Bromley and Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova. A description of the book reads:
“Providing a truly comprehensive overview of international journalism and global news reporting in the digital age, this new introductory textbook surveys the full variety of contexts that journalists around the world operate in; the challenges and pressures they face; their journalistic practices; and the wider theoretical and social implications. Analysing key scholarship in the field, Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova and Michael Bromley explore not just journalism as a single entity, but equally the multiple cultures which host journalism and the variety of journalisms which exist across the world.”
The section of the text which features Zere details his experiences as a state journalist in Eritrea, a country which is described as “consistently ranked last out of 180 countries in terms of press freedom” (Bromley & Vera, 2018, p. 26). The text discusses Zere’s eventual flight to the U.S. and his work for PEN Eritrea.
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