African Solidarity and the #FreeZone9Bloggers Tweetathon on May 14

By Nwachukwu Egbunike

One of the ingrained aspect of our shared humanity is extending empathy to friends and family when they are most in need of it.

It is no longer news that six Ethiopian bloggers and three journalist who have been arrested for using social media.  The Ethiopian government is fast becoming notorious for gagging online free speech and press freedom.

A Tweetathon is a Twitter campaign, it is like a online marathon. This and this are examples of previous Tweetathon organised by Nigerian bloggers.

#FreeZone9Bloggers: A Tweetathon Demanding the Release of Jailed Ethiopian Bloggers  [Designed by Blossom Nnodim]

#FreeZone9Bloggers: A Tweetathon Demanding the Release of Jailed Ethiopian Bloggers [Banner design: Blossom Nnodim]

The #FreeZone9Bloggers Tweetathon is our way of expressing solidarity with our incarcerated friends but above all to mount international pressure on the government of Ethiopia to release these netizens:

Join Nigerian bloggers Blossom Nnodim (@blcompere) and Nwachukwu Egbunike (@feathersproject), along with Global Voices editor Ndesanjo Macha (@ndesanjo) from Tanzania for an Africa-wide tweetathon in support of the nine bloggers and journalists arrested in late April and currently being detained in Ethiopia. […]

Date:   Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Time: 2pm – 5pm West Africa time / 1pm – 4pm GMT (click here to find your time zone)

Hashtag: #FreeZone9Bloggers

Hosts: Blossom Nnodim (@blcompere), Nwachukwu Egbunike (@feathersproject), Ndesanjo Macha (@ndesanjo)

Join us this Wednesday — tweet until your fingers hurt and demand freedom for the Zone 9 bloggers!

 

Blogging is not a crime!

 

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