Ethiopia

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Ethiopia's government should never have charged the bloggers and journalists with any crime and certainly not terrorism, since journalism and advocating freedom of speech are certainly not crimes.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
written by
Kate Byom
Senior Program Associate, Africa

In a departure from the overt violence and election rigging of the past, many authoritarian leaders now prefer to quietly manipulate the legal framework, silencing dissent and limiting civil liberties to ensure that they remain in power.

The terrorism charges against the bloggers and journalists represent Ethiopia's latest affront to freedom of expression and assembly.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
written by
Chloe Schwenke
Vice President of Global Programs

The Obama administration’s high-profile initiatives to embrace Africa have given short shrift to ethical leadership, democracy, and good governance.

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