Sad update on Ethiopian blogger Eskinder Nega: sentenced to 18 years for "terrorism"

July 13, 2012 story from the BBC:

A prominent Ethiopian journalist and blogger has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for violating the country's anti-terrorism legislation.

Eskinder Nega and 23 others were found guilty last month.

They were accused of links with US-based opposition group Ginbot Seven, which Ethiopia considers a terrorist organisation.

"The imprisonment… is emblematic of the Ethiopian government's determination to gag any dissenting voice in the country," Amnesty's Ethiopia researcher Claire Beston said in a statement.

"The Ethiopian government is treating calls for peaceful protest as a terrorist act and is outlawing the legitimate activity of journalists and opposition members."

That same government continues to be flooded with aid by the World Bank, US, UK, and other donors.

*See previous post on Nega July 9, letters to the New York Review of Books forthcoming August 18, 2012 and a previous one   January 12, 2012, and another post on Democracy and human rights being absent at the World Bank.

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