Ethiopian Court Charges Bloggers, Journalists With Terrorism


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21 Responses

  1. Alula says:

    Who awarded Eskinder? The people of Ethiopia or foreigners promoting their interests? What did he/they do for Ethiopia to win their award winning & shit? We haven’t seen a journalist promoting anything Ethiopian so far! We haven’t seen any journalist trying to teach the people on how to free oneself from backwardness,poverty, unproductive culture…..! But we have noticed them promoting colored , Arab spring revolutions on their evil papers!
    Journalists caused more destruction than anybody else in our world, starting from the First World War!

    • dafa says:

      Revolution will happen, nonetheless! But which revolution do you want? The peaceful or the violent?
      Don’t forget Africa is the land the youth, who may not care to die, and if the leaders don’t want to listen to their people, they would find daggers in their respective arse(s).
      I which they understand the demand and aspiration of the youth before it is too late. We may not need clever speakers, who dupe as for awhile; we need men of wisdom, and long lasting solutions.

      • dafa says:

        there are some grammatical errors in my previous post, … (land of the youth)… ( I wish…)… etc…

      • Alula says:

        What are you talking about? Can you write your opinion either in Amharic or Tigrigna , so I can understand what you mean?
        I don’t understand what you saying at all!

        • dafa says:

          Alula, here is my explanation.
          First: I love those bloggers. In a country where there are few institutions where journalists get proper training, and then, for a country with few journalists (one journalist for one million people?), those bloggers were just trying to fill in the gap, trying to share information. Incarcerating them for the good deed they have done is pure insanity.
          Second: The government’s fear of the action of the bloggers, which is revolution, is unstoppable. The time demands it (it’s happening internationally). But the government has a choice of making the revolution peaceful or violent. The government could make the revolution peaceful by giving people opportunity to air their grievance, by letting journalists work (which is letting the journalists give the people the right information). The government could also make the revolution violent, by stifling any dissent, which would create a fertile ground for militancy and mob reaction. The latter is already happening. Don’t forget that unemployed youth, whose aspiration is cut short due to very few choices, could react one day, in some unexpected way.
          Third: Ethiopians are tired of clever speakers (Haileselassie, Mengistu and Meles were admired for their oratorical prowess), we need wisdom, and men of wisdom. Look what the shallow clever leaders has done to Ethiopia: a) Haileselassie, after WWII, to stay in power, gave up Somalia. Somalia, as a nation, was completely separated from Ethiopia after WWII. But we tend to be indifferent to that fact, no publication in Ethiopia mention Somalia as part of Ethiopia. b) Mengistu, to stay in power, gave up Djibouti. Nobody talk about that since then. c) Meles, to stay in power, gave up Ertirea. The whole of the horn of Africa would have stayed as a single nation had we had wise leaders. Our last three leaders came to power via violence, Haileselassie murdered Eyasu, and scared Zewditu into submission, Mengistu murdered Haileselassie, Meles chased away Mengistu, and all of them were desperate to cling to power, and they easily gave up Ethiopia’s legitimate territories during hot transitions. In the future also we benefit only if we could adopt smooth transition, by listening to the peoples demand.
          Building infrastructure doesn’t prevent revolution. Do you observe that condominiums are already being converted to ghettos?
          Probably, the above is enough to clear my point, mr Alula, or Ben.

          • Alula says:


            Aye Dufa, you talking to Alula, but you dream something that doesn’t exist at all! Why do you bring Ben here?

            I don’t have to write too much to tell you the truth! Here is how it is: from Minilik all the way to Haileselassie & to this day , it’s all anti Tigrian politics! If a journalist doesn’t follow journalist ethics, one isn’t a journalist , therefore, must be removed from his position! What is the use of a journalist who doesn’t possess journalistic ethics!

            These journalists are part of the hate politics led by few Amara elites, Tigrian haters , who are yawning for money…! Majority Ethiopian are looking someone who can teach them how to better their lives , but not how to hate! The truth is:Haters have no place in Ethiopia now & in the future! Mark my words!

            Finally, I see you are following the same route of hate & you have no point at all! I think you have better to clear your self of your nonsense hate politics so you can see the reality! Nevertheless , you can only see yourself! That’s why the people of Ethiopia loves the kilil federalism!

    • Asghedom says:

      I agree mr. ALULA with you, they born to see others not thier house, ethiopians should ckean thier house, tgere are a lot of derty peole in that world . I am sure they were eating without working and they found themselves to work, but they atr not abke , there for they have to work with the enemy of ethiooian peole.
      those bloggers are anti ethiopia

  2. sam says:

    Let me get this story straight. The government has kept in prison the bloggers for nearly three months, believing they are terrorists, and finally came up with a conclusion indeed they are. Any government in the world put the accused in prison when the government had enough evidence to do so. In Ethiopia here is how it works: put the “suspects” in prison, isolate them from their family, interrogate them non-stop, forced them under stress to sign papers, if possible, then you got a terrorist. Welcome to an Ethiopian law of 101. Recently, the EPDRF politicians put out the Prime Minster to voice the government’s case in media to suggest the man is in control. I believe he is not. He is being used to give a political face which does not exist. The Prime Minster already was convinced of the accused being terrorists. He did not say the court will decide whether they are innocent or not. That is not to mean Ethiopians believe the courts act independently. But at least for appearance purpose, the Prime Minster should restrain himself from being a prosecutor. A government which has a primitive political tactic and strategy lives in paranoia. EPDRF believes the very politics the party espouse is the very danger for the survival of the country. The EPDRF politicians know they sensitize the populace along ethnic lines. They have no clue where that finally will lead. So they resort accusing anyone who has the courage to disagree with their politics openly as terrorists. Well, in that scenario EPDRF will run out of prison.

  3. Gezaee says:

    Human being is difficult to understand honestly. During derg the youth were running between extended families across the country to hide from force conscription or Hafesa. Some were hiding in cupboards and toilets. Now it is the opposite people wanted to overthrown the government. Can you see the contrast then and now. I am not saying EPRDF or TPLF is good or bad. I am just comparing the two situation. Imagine, you could not sleep in your house then. Now you can at least sleep in your house with peace if you do not make troubles. But these guys now wanted to serve foreign agents. Aye Habesha, meyaza yelemwm srachu. But I do not blame the people, people can be bought by material or even money and this is natural we wanted money. But the culprit the regime that made Ethiopia a toilet of foreign mercenaries like human right, whatever right. Human right or aka neoliberalist wanted to make Ethiopia another Somalia, South Sudan and Syria.

    But we need concrete evidence from the government. Please show evidence to the public because we can not believe what is everyone claims .

  4. me says:


  5. Admas says:

    The one who claims to be their leader is right now in USA? Why is he there? How he lives i.e. who pays his costs including traveling, food and housing?
    Everyone knows it was the follow up steeps after the Egyptians bloggers that plaid big roles for uprisings that did lead about what Egyptians have been through ever since where in the end they went back to square one with the new and worse Military Dictator.
    Those bloggers who were financed, trained and backed by USA and the west are now in jail, dead or disappeared. The new Egypt government becomes the best ally to them.

    There is no doubt about it. These primitive inexperienced with little children brain have got training by foreigners to cause troubles in Ethiopia.
    Why is the so called their leader in USA if really he cares about Ethiopia and doing the right things benefits the nation? Since when and how he reached there?

  6. Gebez says:

    Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law is very light in comparison to similar laws of many European countries. For example,in this country where I live(I am in Europe) just participating in demonstrations in support of some one charged of any charges related to terrorism may incur until 50(yes fifty) years of imprisonment.
    Ethiopians, here is my call: Let us get serious!! It is high time we get serious and civilized!! Hey politicians, journalists, activists, citizens of Ethiopia, when will be the time we discuss about our issues in a civilized way? I know that we are a back ward country and people. But, it goes no far!! It is high time we stop bullshitting!! We need serious political parties like that of EPRDF with clear ETHIOPIAN agendas!! Till when are our so-called opposition parties, journalists, activists e.t.c. to be Trojan horses of our sworn enemies?

  7. በለው ! says:

    >>>የውጭ ኩረጃ ከውስጥ ቆርጦ ቀጥል(ቆርጠህ ለጥፍ)…ይህ በዓይነቱም በቅርፁም በሓሳቡም አንድ ሆነ የክስ መዝገብ ግለሰቦችን ሥምና አድራሻ እየቀያረ በአዲስ ወረቀትና በአዲስ ዓቃቢ ህግ በአንድ ቀጥተኛ መመሪያ ችሎት ላይ ተደጋግሞ ይቀርባል።

    (፩) የሽብርተኝነት ወንጀል በሚሰጠው ውጤት ሙሉ ተሳታፊ በመሆን ፡

    _ለአመፅ ተግባር በህቡዕ በመደራጀታቸው፡

    _ የአጭርና የቅርብ ጊዜ ግብ በማቀድና በመንደፍ፡

    _የቡድኑ መሥራችና አስተባባሪ በመሆን፡

    _ በውጭ አገር አስተባባሪና የውጭ ግንኙነት ሆና ከመሥራቷም

    _ ከግንቦት 7 ጋር ግንኙነት ለመፍጠር ተልዕኮ በመቀበል፣ ‹‹ሴኩሪቲ ኢን ቦክስ›› የተባለ ሥልጠና እንዲሠለጥንና እንዲደራጅ ስትመራ

    _ አባላትን በማደራጀትና በመመልመል..**ሶሊያና ሽመልስ…ዕድሜ ልክ እሥራት!!

    (፪) የአገር ውስጥ የሽብር ቡድንን በመምራትና የሥራ ክፍፍል በማድረግ፡

    _ግብ በማስቀመጥና ስትራቴጂ በመንደፍ ከሽብርተኛ ኃይሎች ጋር ግንኙነት ሲፈጥር መቆየቱ…**በፍቃዱ ኃይሉ ከ፲፩-፲፯ዓመት

    (፫)ካልተያዙ አስተባባሪ ግብረ አበሮቹ ጋር የህቡዕ ድርጅቱ የአገር ውስጥ መሪ በመሆን

    _በሥሩ ላሉት አባላት የሥራ ክፍፍል መመርያ በመስጠት፡

    _ከግንቦት 7 ጋር ግንኙነት በመፍጠር መመርያ ከመቀበሉ በተጨማሪ፣

    _ለአመፅ ተግባር የሚውል የተላከለትን 48,000 ብር ማከፋፈሉንም ክሱ ያብራራል፡ **ናትናኤል ፈለቀ ፲፭-፳፭ዓመት እሥራት

    (፬)ሌሎች ተጠርጣሪዎች፡

    _የግንቦት 7 እና የኦነግን ስትራቴጂና ዕቅድ በመቀበል በውጭና በአገር ውስጥ ባሉ የቡድኑ አባላት ጋር ግንኙነት በመፍጠር፣ _በውጭና በአገር ውስጥ ሥልጠና በመውሰድ፣

    _በዋና ወንጀል አድራጊነት ተካፋይ በመሆን.የሥራ ክፍፍል በመፍጠር፣ ሥልጠናዎችን በመውሰድ፣ አመፅ የሚቀሰቅሱ ጽሑፎችን በመበተን፣ የአመፅ ቡድኖችን በማደራጀት ***ማህሌት ፋንታሁን፣ አጥናፉ ብርሃኔ፣ ዘለዓለም ክብረት፣ አቤል ዋበላ፣ እንዲሁም ጋዜጠኞቹ አስማማው ኃይለ ጊዮርጊስ፣ ኤዶም ካሣዬና ተስፋለም ወልደየስ …ከ፫-፲ ዓመት እሥራት

    ***የግንቦት ፯ ዋና ፀሐፊ እ(አ)ንድአድርጋቸው ፅጌ በእንግሊዝ መንግስት መልካም ፍቃድና በኢህአዴግ ትብብር የቀድሞ የሞት ፍርዱን አታፅኑበት ግን አሥራችሁ ተጫወቱበት ተብሎ ስምምነት ላይ ቢደረስም.. ከየመን ሰነዓ ከታገተበት ቀንና ሰዓት ጀምሮ በኢቲቪ አስቂኝ ፍሬ ቢስ ተልካሻ መልዕክት እስከቀረበ ድረስ… ሌት ተቀን በቻይና ባለሙያ እረዳትነት በእጁ ተገኘ በተባለው ላፕቶፕ ውስጥ ተቀነባብሮ(ቆርጦ በመቀጠል) የተጨመረው የውሸት ኦዲዮና ኢሜል ልውውጥ ጋር እራሱም አጋለጠ ከሚባልለት አንዳንድ ኢህአዴግ የውስጥ አዋቂዎችን ጨምሮ ….(ቀድሞ ሊወገዱ ከተዘጋጁት ውስጥ በዚሁ ታላቅ አጋጣሚ!) በሕገ መንግሥት ሥርዓት የተቋቋመን መንግሥት በአመፅ፣ በሁከትና በብጥብጥ ለመለወጥ በማሰብ ከግንቦት 2004 ዓ.ም. እስከተያዙበት ዕለት ድረስ በህቡዕ ተደራጅተው፣

    _የሽብርተኝነት ድርጊት ለመፈጸም በማቀድ፣ በመዘጋጀት፣ በማሴርና በማነሳሳት ወንጀል መከሰሳቸውን ዓቃቤ ሕግ ያቀረበው ክስ ያስረዳል፡፡ከቀደምት የፍርድ ሂደት አንፃር ይህ ሴቶችን ግንባር ቀደም አድርጎ ተነሳው ክስ ገበሬው በማደባሪያ.. ተማሪው በብሔር..ሰራተኛው በጥቅማጥቅም…ባለሥልጣኑ-በንግድ፣ወታደሩ -በጥርጣሬ፣ዲያስፐሩ -በወሬ፣ምሁሩ -በመቀሳፈት፣አድርባዩ -በማሽቃበጥ፣ጋዜጣኛው- በቀን አበል በመሸበቡ አሁን ወጣትና ሴቶች የመብት ጠያቂዎች ላይ ያረፈው ይህ ማስፈራሪያና ቅስም የመስበሪያ የመጨረሻው እጣ ይበ’ላል ወይ ይበላል!! ፀሐፊያንን፣ ጋዜጠኞችን ፣ሴቶችን፣ወጣቶችን በማሰር እስር ቤት አጥብቦ ምሕዳሩ ሰፋ ማለት የኢህአድግን ፈሪነት እንጂ በህዝብ መፈቀር፣ የአምስት ዓመት ፺፮ከመቶ የምርጫ ድጋፍ አለን እያሉ መፎከር፣ ፳፫ ዓመት ከ፺ ሚሊየን ሕዝብ በጉቦ(በልዩ ልዩ ትቅማጥቅም) ፮ሚሊየን ደጋፊ ብዙም አያኩራራም፡ይህ ሁሉ ተልቱላ ኮንትራት ማደሻ ተብሎ የተወሰደ የአምስት ዓመቱ የተለጠጠ ዕቅድ ከሆነ ያሳዝናል!ያሳፍራል በለው!! “ሀገራዊ መግባባት! ሰላም! ነፃነትና የዜጎች እኩልነት!የማይቸር የማይገሰስም ነው በቸር ይግጠመን!”

    “ኢትዮጵያ እጆቿን ዘርግታ ቅን አሳቢ ልጆቿን ትሰበስባለች ሀሴትም ታደርጋለች!”

  8. Tizibt Belachew says:

    Dawit, you really call yourself a journalist? I call you a selective reporter or mis-informer. How come you did not say anything about the recent Muslims’ encounter with Agazi. I say you’re number one enemy of Ethiopian people. You are dangerous in that you fool genuine opposition pretending to be independent.

    • Alula says:

      Nothing encounter Muslims at all! You are just reading your own illusion! Ethiopia is changed fore good, there is nothing to gain through lie, hate, deception….!
      The pictures that the hate medias circulated was a protest in southAfrica a couple years ago! You are just wasting your time lying , predicting empty wishes….!

  9. lemessa Bayou says:

    By the way, where’s Dear Teshome’s comment on this? Most of the time he is the first to comment on almost everything posted in this site. I wonder why he is selective. May be that’s Berket Simon or Abay Teshay or Seyoum Mesfin or Sibhat Nega’s or may be yours Dawit disguise name.

  10. Almaz says:

    Cheap terrorist this guys probably got pairs so little

  11. Gebreselema says:

    TPLF loves white journalists? what is this racist or neolibralist doing in Ethiopia? I would kick him out of Ethiopia because this idiot is meddling in Ethiopia. Davidson or Davidwhatever is in mission in Ethiopia. Why this regime worship white journalists ?

  12. ashi says:

    they keep say devalue currency what ever we do even our best coffey any one can buy even stile expensive.

    the problem not that fair trade what ever devalue they keep say untile our currency become zimbabe

    quality stile there.
    quantity stile there what for we devalue.

    us or eu should be fair .
    its about image problem so you can not come naked.

    lets bring peace to the region
    that will sort out our even economy problem.

    the govermen stile has to push itself
    what ever it takes to pring opposition and let our people participate in the developement procese.

    meles lay the… but we stil have rooms to improve.

  13. Degu says:

    Eastern and some Western Europe they buy coffe they brand in their name stil they sale our coffe the 3rd buyer stil happy to by it in good price so why even all retailers they don’t buy it direct from us forget the name if that is your problem .

    Devalu currency not a problem .

  14. Kahsay Gebremeskel says:

    Unless such illegals and mafia behaviors are imprisoned and harassed to the hell, they will never learn from their past mistakes- that had served as inertia against national prosperity because of which the country has remained the most backward state in Africa!

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