On April 25, 2014, nine bloggers and journalists were arrested in Ethiopia on accusations of “inciting public disorder via social media” and “receiving support from a foreign government.” The detainees had all worked with Zone9, a collective blog that covered social and political issues in Ethiopia and promoted human rights and government accountability.
The Zone9ers were working to foster political debate and discussion in a country where most media outlets fall under heavy control by government authorities. They wanted to help fellow citizens better understand their rights, as guaranteed by the constitution. This is plain to see from the contents of their writings and the nature of their research: Global Voices Advocacy.
Once again, the Global Voices community has joined to demand justice for jailed bloggers; this time in specific for the Zone 9 bloggers from Ethiopia.
April 27th, 2015.