Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) is deeply saddened by the loss of the veteran
journalist Ato Mulugeta Lule, who passed away on October 4th, 2015 at the age of 75. He was a
supporter, valuable advisor and a true believer in the missions and goals of EHSNA. He was humble
enough to render his service without seeking public credit.
Mulugeta Lule was a contemporary outstanding novelist of the 70s standing tall among the iconic figures
of the time. He was a general manager for Ethiopian Press Department that published state owned
newspapers including the Ethiopian Herald, Addis Zemen & Yezarietu Ethiopia.
It is a documented fact that Mulugeta was forcefully fired from his position, along with other veteran
journalists, by the current government soon after it came to power in 1991. Upon their departure from
the Ministry of Information, Mulugeta and his friends launched an independent magazine which closely
monitored the activities of the current government and exposed to the Ethiopian public, which was their
ethical duty as professional journalist.
The pressure by the government eventually forced Mulugeta and most of his friends to leave Ethiopia
and come to the United States in the mid 90’s. Mulugeta became an influential personality due to the
major contributions he made to his Ethiopian community in Diaspora making use of his political and
social skills. In particular he will be remembered as a pillar in the Ethiopian community for his
contribution he made to establish an independent media to serve Ethiopia from abroad.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America, we
express our heartfelt condolence to Mulugeta Lule’s family, friends and fans. He will be truly missed for
his love and contributions to beloved Ethiopia.
Rest in Peace Mulugeta!!
EHSNA Public Relations