August 14, 2012 | By Jillian C. York

Take Action to Support Ethiopian Blogger Eskinder Nega

Recently, we wrote about Ethiopian blogger Eskinder Nega, who was sentenced under the country's vague counterterrorism to eighteen years in prison for blogging about government corruption.

Individuals and organizations in the U.S. that wish to offer support for Eskinder Nega and freedom of expression in Ethiopia have several options. They can:

In the weeks since our post, a number of organizations have come out in support, petitioning the Ethiopian government to free Nega and drop the charges against him.  The International Press Institute has submitted a letter signed by prominent journalists from all over the world, while Freedom Now filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.  A group of 32 IFEX member organizations has also sent an appeal for Nega's release.
As Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."  It is imperative that we speak out against threats to freedom of expression wherever they occur.

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