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Stories about Ethiopia

15 June 2015

Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Voices speaks to Tom Rhodes, the East Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the state of freedom of expression online in Sub-Saharan Africa.

5 June 2015

Befeqadu Hailu: An Ethiopian Writer Who Refused to Remain Silent

In the words of Wole Soyinka, “books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.” Befequadu is in jail because he writes.

29 May 2015

Tagline of Zelalem Kiberet’s Blog: ‘Let Freedom Ring’

Because of his wit, humorous writings and uncompromising digs on religion, his friends nicknamed Zelalem after the imminent French writer, Zola.

21 May 2015

Message to an Ethiopian Blogger: Mahlet Fantahun, You Are Not Alone

"Writing one single blog post is not going to bring Mahlet... out of Kaliti Prison. This is much rather about keeping the process going. Of not staying silent."

15 May 2015

Ethiopian Blogger Atnaf Berahane: Young, Courageous, and in Jail

This 26-year-old Ethiopian blogger's passion for free speech left him in chains.

4 May 2015

“We Cannot Trample Upon the Humanity of Others Without Devaluing Our Own”

The Zone9 bloggers' crime was that they dared to live out "Ubuntu". They promoted their community above individualistic concerns.

1 May 2015

To Be or Not to Be Anonymous: How Should Bloggers Decide?

This post was co-authored by Nani Jansen, legal director for the Media Legal Defence Initiative. Should you be anonymous online? If you were giving advice to a blogger, independent journalist, or online activist...

29 April 2015

Netizen Report: “When You Took Their Freedom, You Hurt Us All” #FreeZone9Bloggers

As we mark the anniversary of the arrest of our colleagues in Ethiopia, mobile signals drop amid protest in Guatemala and the US congress reconsiders "Aaron's Law".

28 April 2015

VIDEO: The World is Saying #FreeZone9Bloggers

Global Voices marks the one-year anniversary of the arrest of Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers with this crowd-sourced this video of support. Say it with us: #FreeZone9Bloggers!

24 April 2015

A Year After Their Arrest, Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Remain Strong and Determined

"It is eery the degree to which the bloggers seemed to anticipate their current fate."