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Befeqadu Hailu is an Ethiopian writer, activist, and blogger. He is best known for his blog, Zone 9, which he founded in 2012. The blog focuses on human rights, freedom of expression, and democracy in Ethiopia. He has been arrested and detained multiple times for his activism and writing. Hailu was born in 1980 in Ethiopia. He studied computer science at Addis Ababa University and worked as a software engineer before becoming a full-time writer and activist. Hailu is a vocal advocate for freedom of expression and democracy in Ethiopia. He has been arrested and detained multiple times for his activism and writing. In 2014, he was arrested and charged with terrorism-related offenses. He was released in 2015 after spending more than a year in prison. Hailu is the author of several books, including “The Price of Silence” and “The Price of Freedom”. He has also written for various publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Hailu is a recipient of numerous awards, including the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2015 and the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2016.

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Age 44 years old
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Born 19 February, 1980
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Nationality Ethiopian

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Hailu was re-arrested on November 10, 2016, after giving an interview for Voice of America's Amharic Service about Ethiopia's state of emergency. He was subsequently released in December, along with thousands of other political prisoners detained during the state of emergency.


Due to his activities as part of the Zone 9 group, Hailu was arrested on April 25, 2014, and charged with terrorism. Specifically, he was charged with violating Article 4 of the 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation as well as various other laws. The government accused Hailu of being a leader of a terrorist enterprise and inciting violence. They also accused him of collaborating with Ginbot 7, a banned political party that the government has labelled a terrorist organization. At his hearing, Hailu stated that he was forced to make false confessions. On 21 October 2015, Hailu was acquitted of terrorism charges and released on bail of 20,000 ETB (est. equivalent of US$1,000) to defend himself before court, to be cleared of downgraded charges of 'inciting violence through writing'.


His novel, Children of their Parents (2013), won third place in the 2012 Burt Award for African Literature. In 2015, along with the other Zone 9 bloggers, he was awarded the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists.


Befeqadu Hailu Techanie also written as Befekadu Hailu Techane (Amharic: በፍቃዱ ኃይሉ ; born 19 February 1980) is an Ethiopian writer, activist, and blogger. He is a member of the Zone 9 bloggers group that were arrested in April 2014 due to their blogging activities. Hailu is now released on bail and is defending himself before court on a downgraded charge of 'inciting violence through writing'.

Hailu was born on February 19, 1980 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Information Systems from Zegha Business College in 2006 and worked as an MIS Expert at St. Mary's University College. Since 2009, he has worked as a journalist for various publications and at one point served as Managing Editor for Enqu, a prominent Ethiopian magazine.