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2019 days ago,
(CNN) -- Sharing a communal cell with 350 other prisoners, Ethiopian journalist Dawit Kebede spent 21 months in a crammed jail, losing his freedom for speaking his mind.
That was his penalty for writing an editorial criticizing the Ethiopian government after the post-election violence that rocked the country in 2005.
But while many of his colleagues left the country after they gained their freedom, Kebede decided to stay.
He became the editor of one of Ethiopia's only independent newspapers, with his commitment to his trade earning him an International Press Freedom award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).