U.S. State Department deeply concerned about charges on Zone 9 Bloggers

us-state-department-logoAfrica: Zone 9 Bloggers Charged by Ethiopian Court for Terrorism
07/18/2014 06:08 PM EDT

Zone 9 Bloggers Charged by Ethiopian Court for Terrorism

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 18, 2014

The United States is deeply concerned by the Ethiopian Federal High Court’s July 18 decision to press charges against six bloggers and three independent journalists under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation.

We urge the Ethiopian government to ensure that the trial is fair, transparent, and in compliance with Ethiopia’s constitutional guarantees and international human rights obligations. We also urge the Ethiopian government to ensure that the trial is open to public observation and free of political influence.

We reiterate Secretary Kerry’s May 1 call on Ethiopia to refrain from using anti-terrorism laws as a mechanism to curb the free exchange of ideas. The use of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation in previous cases against journalists, activists, and opposition political figures raises serious questions and concerns about the intent of the law, and about the sanctity of Ethiopians’ constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are fundamental elections of a democratic society. The arrest of journalists and bloggers, and their prosecution under terrorism laws, has a chilling effect on the media and all Ethiopians’ right to freedom of expression.

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4 Responses to U.S. State Department deeply concerned about charges on Zone 9 Bloggers

  1. do not talk too much

    July 19, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    I am tired of western governments who issue empty words to warn the fascist regime in Ethiopia. They have the money power to stop the suffering in Ethiopia now, if they have the political will. As far as I am concerned they are partners in crime with the Addis Abeba government to bring about so much suffering on the Ethiopian people. I hope the people of Ethiopia will remember this. There has never been a time where western governments stood by with the people of Ethiopia in history, not one. History will not forget how the west collaborated with dictators to bring about so much hardship to the masses

  2. Dawit

    July 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Actions speak louder than words.

  3. Ye Gonder Jegna

    July 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    This article is full of lies and exaggerated too much in order to propagate hidden agenda.

  4. BiraBiro

    August 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    The zone 9 mercenaries of the neoliberal monopoly capitalist are caught red handed preaching violence therefore the US department must stop intimidating fivereign countries! Stop interfering in our country ‘s politics!