#FreeZone9Bloggers – Ethiopian Bloggers Jailed for Using Social Media

By Nwachukwu Egbunike

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Six Ethiopian bloggers – Abel Wabella, Atnaf Berhane, Mahlet Fantahun, Natnail Feleke, Zelalem Kibret and Befekadu Hailu – and three journalists – Asmamaw Hailegeorgis, Tesfalem Waldyes and Edom Kassaye – have been arrested. They are all facing prosecution for using social media.

This post by Global Voices Advocacy gives the background of the bloggers, a detailed review of their arrest and apprehension it has created in Ethiopian blogosphere.

The nine bloggers and journalists were arraigned in court last Sunday (April 27, 2014). They were charged with  “working with foreign human rights organizations and using social media to create instability in the country”.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned their arrest and have called for the immediate release.

Below is a storify story – curated by the CPJ –  narrating their arrests and the reaction of Ethiopian netizens:

 

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. Sad development. Thank God for relative freedoms in Nigeria.

    FEATHERS PROJECT wrote:

    “By Nwachukwu Egbunike Six Ethiopian bloggers – Abel Wabella, Atnaf Berhane, Mahlet Fantahun, Natnail Feleke, Zelalem Kibret and Befekadu Hailu – and three journalists – Asmamaw Hailegeorgis, Tesfalem Waldyes and Edom Kassaye – have been arrested. T”

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