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Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopia sentences Eskinder, 5 others on terror charges

From left: Eskinder, Abebe Gellaw, Mesfin, Abiye, Fasil, and Abebe Belew.

Nairobi, July 13, 2012--An Ethiopian court today handed down heavy prison sentences to six journalists convicted on vague terrorism charges, local journalists and news reports said. Award-winning blogger Eskinder Nega got an 18-year term; the others live in exile and were sentenced in absentia.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Eskinder Nega, 5 exiled journalists convicted of terrorism

From left: Eskinder, Abebe Gellaw, Mesfin, Abiye, Fasil, and Abebe Belew.

Nairobi, June 27, 2012--Today's conviction of six Ethiopian journalists on vague terrorism charges is an affront to the rule of law and the constitution in the Horn of Africa country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least 11 journalists have been charged with terrorism since November 2011, according to CPJ research.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Judge confirms charges against Ethiopian dissident blogger

From left: Nega, Gellaw, Negash, Teklemariam, Yenealem, and Belew. (CPJ)

New York, January 25, 2012--Jailed Ethiopian dissident blogger Eskinder Nega will stand trial in March for all of the terrorism accusations initially advanced by prosecutors, a federal high court judge ruled yesterday, local sources said. If convicted on all charges, he could face the death penalty. 

Blog   |   Ethiopia

Intimidation or imprisonment by 'democratic instruments'

The government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, foreground, is holding seven journalists, most on anti-state charges. (Reuters)

Three years ago, I met Minister Bereket Simon at his office at the center of Addis Ababa. I was with my colleague Abiye Teklemariam -- who was recently charged with terrorism, treason and espionage along with five other journalists, including myself.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopia charges six journalists with terrorism

From left: Nega, Gellaw, Negash, Teklemariam, Yenealem, and Belew. (CPJ)

New York, November 11, 2011--A judge in Ethiopia's federal high court charged six journalists with terrorism on Thursday under the country's antiterrorism law, bringing the number of journalists charged under the statute since June to 10, CPJ research found. 

Blog   |   Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, anti-terrorism law chills reporting on security

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's ruling party has designated five groups as terrorist entities. (AFP)

How can an Ethiopian reporter cover the activities of Ethiopia's leading opposition figure, Berhanu Nega, or an attack by the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels without risking prosecution and a 20-year prison sentence? Such questions have haunted Ethiopian journalists since a far-reaching anti-terrorism law came into effect in 2009. The law criminalizes any reporting authorities deem to "encourage" or "provide moral support" to groups and causes the government labels as "terrorists."

Attacks on the Press

Attacks on the Press 2010: Internet Analysis

Exposing the Internet's shadowy assailants

In this photo taken by an undercover journalist for the Democratic Voice of Burma, an online, exile-run news agency, Buddhist monks lead protests against the Burmese military junta. (DVB/AP)

by Danny O'Brien

For the past decade, those who used the Internet to report the news might have assumed that the technological edge was in their favor. But online journalists now face more than just the standard risks to those working in dangerous conditions. They find themselves victims of new attacks unique to the new medium. From online surveillance of writers through customized malicious software to "just in time" censorship that can wipe controversial news sites off the Internet at the most inconvenient moment, the online tools to attack the press are getting smarter and spreading further.

  |   Ataques a la Prensa

Ataques a la prensa en 2010: Análisis de Internet

Exponer a quienes desde la oscuridad atacan a Internet

En esta imagen, tomada por un periodista encubierto de la agencia de noticias en línea en el exilio La Voz Democrática de Birmania, monjes budistas lideran protestas contra la Junta Militar de Myanmar. (DVB/AP) Por Danny O'Brien

En la última década, quienes usaron Internet para informar quizás hayan supuesto que la ventaja tecnológica jugaba a su favor. Pero los periodistas en línea se enfrentan ahora a algo más que a los riesgos habituales de los que trabajan en situaciones de peligro. Son víctimas de nuevos ataques, específicos a este medio. Desde la vigilancia en la red a redactores a través de software malicioso y hecho a medida, hasta una censura "justo a tiempo" que puede borrar sitios de noticias de Internet en el momento más inconveniente, las herramientas en línea para atacar a la prensa se vuelven más inteligentes y se extienden cada vez más.

15 de Febrero 2011 12:56 AM ET

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  |   Ataques contra a imprensa

Ataques à Imprensa em 2010: Análise Internet

Expor os que atacam a Internet nas sombras

Nesta foto, tirada por um jornalista disfarçado para a Voz Democrática da Birmânia, uma agência de notícias online administrada no exílio, monges budistas lideram protesto contra a junta militar birmanesa. (DVB/AP) Por Danny O'Brien

Na última década, aqueles que usavam a Internet para divulgar notícias imaginaram que o avanço tecnológico estava ao seu favor. Mas os jornalistas online de hoje enfrentam mais do que os riscos habituais enfrentados por aqueles que trabalham em condições perigosas: são vítimas de agressões exclusivas desse novo meio. Do monitoramento de escritores da web por intermédio de programas maliciosos específicos à censura "na hora H", que pode destruir sites de notícias controversas no momento mais inconveniente, as ferramentas online para atacar a imprensa estão ficando cada vez mais sofisticadas e populares.

fevereiro 15, 2011 12:56 AM ET

  |   Attaques contre la presse, Internet

Attaques contre la presse en 2010: Analyse sur L'Internet

Dénoncer les agresseurs tapis sur Internet

Dans cette photo prise par un correspondent clandestin de la Voix démocratique de Birmanie, une agence de presse en ligne opérant en exile, des moines bouddhistes mènent des protestations contre la junte militaire au pouvoir (DVB/AP) Par Danny O'Brien

Au cours de la dernière décennie, ceux qui ont utilisé l'Internet pour rapporter des informations auraient pu supposer que la technologie de pointe était en leur faveur. Cependant, les journalistes en ligne sont maintenant confrontés à plus de risques que ceux qui travaillent dans des conditions dangereuses. Ils se retrouvent victimes de nouvelles attaques qui ne ciblent que ce nouveau médium. Destinés à la surveillance en ligne des rédacteurs, à travers des logiciels malveillants personnalisés pour la censure « juste à temps » faire planter des sites d'informations controversées sur Internet au moment le plus inopportun, les outils en ligne pour attaquer la presse sont maintenant plus intelligents et se propagent davantage.

15 février 2011 0h56 ET

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