On July 17th, 2014, seven members of the Zone 9 blogging collective and three independent journalists were formally charged with terrorism offenses and 'Outrages against the Constitution'. One blogger has been charged in absentia. The nine others have been detained since April and are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression.
Amnesty International calls for their immediate and unconditional release and for the charges to be dropped against all the accused. Ethiopia regularly uses the flawed Anti-Terrorism Proclamation to silence dissenting voices, including members of political opposition parties, independent journalists and peaceful protestors.