Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ethiopia equates aggressive blogger journalism with "terrorism": the Eskinder Nega story

Electronic Frontier Foundation has a story about blogger-journalist Eskinder Nega in Ethiopia. He has been sentenced to eighteen years in prison for his reporting, under a bizarre law in Ethiopia that views provocative, spontaneous journalism as a kind of “terrorism”, almost like the reasoning seen with the furor in the Middle East over the “Innocence of Muslims” video.

The Ethiopian constitution is supposed to guarantee free speech, but in 1992 the country issued a “Press Proclamation” which gives the government the ability to shut down publications that disseminate “false information”.

The link for the EFF story is here.  The title is "Journalism is not Terrorism: Calling on Ethiopia to Free Eskinder Nega." 

Nega is the recipient of the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. 

Wikipedia attribution link for CIA map of Ethiopia.

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