Ethiopian blogger jailed
GOVERNMENT| July 13, 2012, 1:08 p.m.
Prominent Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega has been jailed for 18 years for his online criticism of the government.
Nega was among 20 Ethiopians sentenced this week on charges of conspiring to topple the government.
Five other journalists and a blogger were also sentenced in absentia to between 15 years and life in prison.
The organisation calling itself Free Eskinder Nega says just prior to his detention, Nega had published an online column critical of the use of the terrorism law to silence dissent and calling for the Ethiopian government to respect freedom of expression and end torture in the country’s prisons.
Recently, five free speech and human rights activist groups called for his release.The US Department of State said in a statement that it was “deeply concerned about the Ethiopian government’s conviction of a number of journalists and opposition members under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation.”
The statement said this practice raised 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.
Jailed blogger Eskinda Neger recently won the 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write award.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
Egyptian tech firms expand African footprint with potential deals worth $7mEgypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) helped setting out a number of partnership protocols and concluding business agreements between Egyptian companies and 17 leading African telecom companies, financial institutions and ICT enterprises, in 6 different African countries. Read More
Accra to become first ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Africa with Microsoft CityNext applicationsMicrosoft Ghana, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Global Alliance of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and African Descent signed an agreement to make the city of Accra in Ghana Africa’s first ‘Centre of Excellence’, through the use of Microsoft’s CityNext applications. Read More
Malawi Government levies tax on Internet/SMSThe Malawi Government has announced that it will levy a 10 percent excise duty on mobile phone text messaging as well as all data transfers, including internet and similar services. Read More
Ghana’s 800km fibre optic backbone commissionedGhana’s President John Dramani Mahama has commissioned an 800km Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic backbone which runs through 20 districts. Read More
NIMC infrastructure must be managed by credible people: NIMC chiefNIMC’s chief speaks to Kokumo Goodie about the role of the NIMC and his own legacy. Read More
Kenyan ICT on track for strong growthThe Kenyan government projects that the country’s ICT sector will approach 20% growth by 2017, with the government making every effort to help boost this growth. Read More
Ghana commissions enhanced CICsGhana’s Minister for Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, has commissioned and handed over an Enhanced Community Information Centre (E-CIC) to La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region under the e-governance project. Read More
Rwanda hosts Africa Broadband and Universal Service Funds ForumThe Africa Broadband and Universal Service Funds (USF) forum brought together broadband stakeholders from all over Africa in Kigali for a three-day forum this week. Read More
Airtel, Ghana Communications Ministry promote girls in ICTAirtel Ghana has partnered the Ministry of Communication to celebrate International Telecommunication Union Girls in ICT Day. Read More
Alcatel-Lucent, Algeria to build Orval undersea cable systemAlcatel-Lucent and the Algerian Ministry of Post, Information Technology and Communications have signed a turnkey agreement for the deployment of the Orval system, an over 560 km fiber-optic undersea cable that will link Oran in Algeria to Valencia, Spain. Read More
FEATURED STORYThe transformative power of affordable smartphones and unlimited data in Ghana
Smartphones are helping transform their lives of ordinary people in Ghana, Reports Nana Appiah Acquaye.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNIMC infrastructure must be managed by credible people: NIMC chief
NIMC’s chief speaks to Kokumo Goodie about the role of the NIMC and his own legacy.