Ethiopia

87 million people
370 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
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In response to reports that Abel Wabella, a defendant in the Zone 9 blogger case in Ethiopia, was kept shackled overnight and had his hearing aid removed following a February 4 court appearance, Fr

Issues: 
Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
Jennifer Dunham
Project Manager, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press

African heads of state recently gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, for the 24th summit of the African Union. While discussions focused on high-profile continental crises such as the Boko Haram insurgency and the Ebola epidemic, an important phenomenon was, unsurprisingly, left off the agenda: the deteriorating situation for political and civil liberties in much of East Africa.

Today an Ethiopian court decided to recognize formal charges against the Zone Nine bloggers and journalists, who have been imprisoned for nine months. 

Issues: 
Internet Freedom, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

In response to today's court decision to drop the Criminal Code charges and amend the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP) charges against the Zone Nine bloggers and journalists, Freedom House issued the following statement.

Issues: 
Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

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Senior Advisor for International Legal Affairs

Lisa Davis is senior advisor for international legal affairs at Freedom House promoting human rights and the rule of law. Ms.

Regions: 
Program Director, Global Human Rights Program


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