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13 July 2012                08:17 ET

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.

Opposition activist Andualem Arage was given a life sentence by the court in the capital, Addis Ababa.

In May, Eskinder was awarded the prestigious Pen America’s Freedom to Write annual prize for his work.

Human rights groups have criticised Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism legislation for being too far-reaching.

Courtroom packed

“The court has given due considerations to the charges and the sentences are appropriate,” Reuters news agency quotes Judge Endeshaw Adane as saying.

Eskinder and Andualem, a member of the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice party, were in court on Friday to hear their sentence – 16 members of the group found guilty in June are in exile, AFP news agency reports.

The two men waved to family members as they walked into the courtroom which was filled with friends and family of the activists, as well as journalists and diplomats, the agency says.

Eskinder was arrested last September after publishing an article questioning arrests under the anti-terrorism legislation, especially that of well-known Ethiopian actor and government critic Debebe Eshetu.

In 1993 Eskinder opened his first newspaper and has been detained at least seven times by the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Right group Amnesty International said the trial fell short of international standards.

“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.”

An Ethiopian guard working for the UN was jailed for seven years for communicating with the banned Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) in June.

In December, two Swedish journalists were sentenced to 11 years in prison for supporting the ONLF.

Both the ONLF, which has been fighting for greater independence in the Ogaden area that borders Somalia, and Ginbot Seven, have been designated as terrorist groups by the Ethiopian parliament.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18825538

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Eskinder Nega

51295459 5571               58

 

his path of destiny = 58 = Give me a break.  Enforced isolation.

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June 27, 2012              3:46 pm

An Ethiopian court convicted prominent journalist Eskinder Nega, along with a group of others including political dissidents and activists, on terrorism charges Wednesday, alarming human rights groups.

“This is a dark day for justice in Ethiopia, where freedom of expression is being systematically destroyed by a government targeting any dissenting voice,” Amnesty International Ethiopia researcher Claire Beston said.

Two dozen people were convicted in the terrorism case Wednesday in Addis Ababa, most of them found guilty in absentia.

Ethiopian media reported that the defendants had been accused of ties to several groups, including Ginbot 7, an outlawed political party that was labeled  a terrorist group last year.

Prosecutor Michael Tekilo told the official Ethiopian News Agency that the defendants had been getting military training from Eritrea, Ethiopia’s archenemy, and had been planning to assassinate government officials. Eskinder and opposition member Andualem Arage were also accused of invoking the “Arab Spring” uprisings to stir protests against the government, the Agence France-Presse news agency reported.

“There is no way other than democratic elections to attain power in the country, and what they said is clearly against the constitution,” Judge Endeshaw Adane was quoted as saying by AFP. “Freedom of speech can be limited when it used to undermine security and not used for the public interest.”

Though Eskinder and the rest of the defendants could have faced the death penalty under the terrorism law, prosecutors reportedly recommended maximum sentences of life in prison instead.

The Ethiopian terrorism law has been criticized by free-speech groups as repressive and overly vague. After several opposition groups were labeled terrorists, “any journalist who interviewed party members faced possible arrest on terrorism charges,” according to the nonprofit group Freedom House.

Eskinder, who was arrested last year after publishing an article questioning arrests under the disputed law, is one of 11 independent journalists and bloggers charged with terrorism in Ethiopia since 2011, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is known as one of Ethiopia’s foremost advocates of press freedom.

Amnesty International argued that Eskinder and two dissidents were “convicted solely for their legitimate and peaceful activities.” What happened in the other cases is unclear, the human rights group said, adding that the trial was so flawed the convictions shouldn’t stand.

from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/06/ethiopian-journalist-dissidents-convicted-of-terrorism.html

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Eskinder Nega

51295459 5571                  58

 

his path of destiny = 58 = Give me a break.

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