Ethiopian Bloggers Arrested

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US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) jokingly introduces a student, who was used as his stand-in for rehearsals, before the start of a town hall meeting with students in Addis Ababa May 26, 2013. That student is Natnail Feleke, one of six bloggers known as "Zone 9ers" that were arrested this week. They arrests come just ahead of a visit to Ethiopia by Secretary of State John Kerry early next month.

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Ethiopian Bloggers Arrested

Six pro-democracy bloggers, all founders of a group known as 'Zone9,' were arrested in Ethiopia last week along with three journalists. We talk to colleagues of the jailed bloggers about the move and the larger political landscape ahead of national elections in 2015.

Six pro-democracy bloggers, all founders of a group known as 'Zone9,' were arrested in Ethiopia last week along with three journalists. The arrests are the latest to raise concerns about freedom of the press and access to civil society in the rapidly developing nation. They come just ahead of a visit to Ethiopia by Secretary of State John Kerry as well as a UN human rights assessment of the country early next month. We talk to colleagues of the jailed bloggers about the move and the larger political landscape ahead of national elections in 2015.

Guests

Tamrat Negara

former Editor, Addis Neger newspaper(Ethiopia)

Endalk Chala

co-founder, Zone9 blog; doctoral student, University of Oregon

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UPDATE: John Kerry has made a statement about the situation in Ethiopia, including the blogger he met there (pictured above) that has since been arrested, part of the growing political unrest in the country.

"We are concerned about any imprisoned journalist here or anywhere else," Kerry reportedly told journalists as he left a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Read more here .

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Six pro-democracy bloggers, all founders of a group known as 'Zone Nine,' were arrested in Ethiopia last week along with three journalists. The arrests are the latest to raise concerns about political freedom in the rapidly developing nation. Also at play: On April 30, Oromo students put on non-violent demonstrations against a proposal that would annex some Oromia cities in order to create more land mass for the city of Addis Ababa.

We take a look at the view from the ground in Ethiopia, with photos submitted by our listeners in the country.

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