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There was a need of an alternative voice in Ethiopia. A group of young Ethiopian bloggers wanted to spread awareness about human right violations. They chose to call them self Zone 9 Bloggers, a name referring to the zones of the notorious Kality prison, where political prisoners and journalists are held. The prison has eight zones, but the ninth “zone” refers to the whole country. Even if being outside of the prison walls – you are never truly free. The bloggers wanted to be a voice of this ninth zone.
The group held campaigns about respecting the constitution, stopping censorship and respecting the right to demonstrate. Despite the fact that what the group did was constitutional, the government labeled it a crime. Six of the bloggers, together with three journalists, were arrested in April 2014. The bloggers and journalists faced terrorism charges and was imprisoned in the Kality and Kilinto prisons. The bloggers and journalists were released during the summer and fall of 2015, but their story is shared by many other journalists and bloggers have been and still are jailed in Ethiopia. Read more about the case of Zone 9 here.
Zone 9 Bloggers
Kalityfonden / The Kality Foundation