On April 25, 2014, nine bloggers and journalists were arrested in Ethiopia. Several of these men and women had worked with Zone9, a collective blog that covered social and political issues in Ethiopia and promoted human rights and government accountability. And four of them were Global Voices authors. In July, they were charged under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. They have been behind bars ever since and have yet to stand trial.
To mark the one-year anniversary of the arrest and detention of the Zone9 bloggers and associated journalists, our community crowd-sourced this video to support our jailed colleagues. This collage features messages and wishes from Mexico, Chile, the US, Cuba, Croatia, Colombia, Kenya, Switzerland, Iran, Syria, France, Azerbaijan and of course, Ethiopia. Watch, share, and say it with us: #FreeZone9Bloggers!
This video was lovingly created by J. Tadeo, Elizabeth Rivera, Elaine Díaz, Lully Posada, Daudi Were, Angela Oduor Lungati, Sebastian Mitchell, Nekesa Were, Pauline Ratzé, Niki Korth, Leila Nachawati, Marie Boehner, Marinella Matejčić, Mahsa Alimardani, Arzu Geybullayeva, Endalk Chala, Ellery Roberts Biddle, and Sahar Habib Ghazi.