On Wednesday 14, May, 2014, I will be joining Nigerian blogger Nwachukwu Egbunike (@feathersproject), along with Global Voices editor Ndesanjo Macha (@ndesanjo) from Tanzania for an Africa-wide tweetathon in support of the nine bloggers and journalists arrested in late April and currently being detained in Ethiopia.

You are warmly invited to join us this Wednesday, beginning at 2pm West Africa Time, as we tweet at community leaders, government and diplomatic actors, and mainstream media (using their handles) to increase awareness and draw public attention to the case. We especially encourage fellow bloggers and social media users in Africa to join us — but anyone is welcome!

Zone 9

#FreeZone9Bloggers: A Tweetathon Demanding the Release of Jailed Ethiopian Bloggers

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Time: 2pm – 5pm West Africa time / 1pm – 4pm GMT (Click here to find your time zone)

Hashtag: #FreeZone9Bloggers

Hosts: Blossom Nnodim (@blcompere), Nwachukwu Egbunike (@feathersproject), Ndesanjo Macha (@ndesanjo)

Join us this Wednesday to tweet until your fingers hurt (Lol!) and demand freedom for the Zone 9 bloggers!

Can we tweet to #FreeZone9Bloggers?

If your response is yes, join us in this tweet to action to #FreeZone9Bloggers. You can join in two simple steps:

Step 1: Sign the Global Voices letter here

Step 2: Copy, paste and tweet the lines below and lend your voice to the conversation.

Free the Zone 9 bloggers because blogging is not a crime! Click http://bit.ly/FreeZone9 #FreeZone9Bloggers

Join us and sign the @globalvoices letter calling for the release of bloggers in #Ethiopia. Click http://bit.ly/SignZone9 #FreeZone9Bloggers

Blogger arrests in #Ethiopia are a violation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: http://bit.ly/AfricanCharter #FreeZone9Bloggers

(Click here to find more tweets and twitter handles of both culture and policy shapers)

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About the Arrest:

This is how Global Voices Advocacy,  a project of Global Voices Online, reported it:

On April 25, six members of the Zone Nine blogging collective, known for their critiques of government policy and political repression, were arrested in Addis Ababa. One journalist suspected of association with the group was also taken into custody. The next day, two more journalists were arrested on similar grounds. According to local sources, the bloggers have since been issued charges of  “working with foreign organizations that claim to be human rights activists and…receiving finance to incite public violence through social media.”

Read more here.