Ethiopian Court Should Reject "Terrorism" Charges against Journalists | Freedom House

Ethiopian Court Should Reject "Terrorism" Charges against Journalists

Washington

In response to Ethiopian authorities filing terrorism charges against seven members of the Zone Nine bloggers and three independent journalists, all but one of whom have been in detention since April, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"The terrorism charges against the bloggers and journalists represent Ethiopia's latest affront to freedom of expression and assembly," said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs at Freedom House. "None of those charged have been engaged in any terrorist activity. They were advocating for debate and dialogue on democracy, good governance and human rights issues."

"These charges are part of the government's habit of using the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation to suppress critical voices and criminalize dissent," Petrovic said. "The courts should end this practice by rejecting the charges against the bloggers and journalists. Ethiopia's major donor partners, particularly the United States, need to press Ethiopian authorities to drop the charges and to honor their national and international commitments to respect the rights and freedoms of their citizens."

Ethiopia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2014, and Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more, visit:
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Freedom in the World 2014: Ethiopia
Freedom of the Press 2014: Ethiopia
Freedom on the Net 2013: Ethiopia

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