Soleyana S Gebremichael/CPJ Guest Blogger

Soleyana S. Gebremichael is a founding member of the Zone 9 bloggers and a freedom of expression advocate from Ethiopia. She left Ethiopia in February 2014 after facing terrorism charges for her blogging. Soleyana currently works as a coordinator for the Ethiopia Human Rights Project.

Police fire tear gas during a festival in Ethiopia's Oromia region. After months of protests, authorities have imposed a state of emergency that includes blocking access to social media. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Ethiopia’s state of emergency cuts lines of communication and puts bloggers at risk of arrest

On October 4, I heard that my friend Natnael Feleke had not returned home even though it was approaching midnight in Ethiopia. Family and friends were discussing where to search for the blogger, who had only been released 11 months earlier from the notorious Kilinto prison, where he was held for 16 months over his…

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