Zelalem, Yonatan and Bahiru applyed to a training in digital security. For this, they were jailed. The security training never even took place.
Is it not our right to learn digital security in these days of the digital era? Of course it is. It is something that many of us learn and definitely something that we all should have knowledge about. Especially human rights defenders like Zelalem, Yonatan and Bahiru, because they live in Ethiopia, a country where anyone who defends human rights – especially freedom of the press – might end up behind bars.
We must defend our rights to stay secure online. We must defend those who were jailed for learning digital security. Today and tomorrow, we campaign for Zelalem, Yonatan and Bahiru.
Make a change these days. Let these days be a reminder of all those who are jailed for committing journalism, for blogging, for human rights activism or protesting. Let them know that we will not let the evil win. Show that you care. Use the hasthags below to spread the word.
Let’s do this. Let’s #FreeEthiopia.
Untold Stories was a project between 2015-2017. It gave voice to the very people who have had the basic human rights taken from them. Here, people who have experienced human right violations were more than numbers in vast statistics. Those who had their stories told here on Untold Stories were the exact people who had been oppressed and forced into silence. Untold Stories told human rights stories with a focus on press freedom, freedom of expression and life in exile. Countries in focus were Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt, the countries with the highest number of jailed journalists in Africa.