Tag Archives: Freedom of Expression

Israel Moves to Shut Down Al Jazeera, Accused of ‘Incitement’

“Freedom of expression is not freedom to incite … Democracy has limits … and what being broadcast on that channel is frankly dangerous and are unacceptable.”

Israel has announced plans to close the local offices of Al-Jazeera after accusing the broadcaster of bias and inciting violence against the Jewish state.

BY ORI LEWIS | REUTERS

Israel plans to revoke the media credentials of Al Jazeera TV journalists, close its Jerusalem bureau and pull the Qatar-based station’s broadcasts from local cable and satellite providers, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara said on Sunday. Continue reading Israel Moves to Shut Down Al Jazeera, Accused of ‘Incitement’

Ethiopia: TPLF Use of “Anti-Terrorism Law” to Terrorize Citizens

In the police state Ethiopia, standing up for democracy and human rights is terrorism. Defending the rule of law is terrorism. Peaceful resistance of state terrorism is terrorism.

By Prof. Al Mariam,

This is exactly what apartheid white minority use of “anti-terrorism law” to terrorize black South Africans. The first indisputable fact is the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is itself a certified terrorist organization officially listed in the Global Terrorism Database.

So there is no question whatsoever that the TPLF is a terrorist organization clinging to power in Ethiopia!

How can a certified terrorist organization use “anti-terrorism law” to go after others it calls “terrorists”? (That is the million dollar question!)

The whole “terrorism” thing was a god-send for TPLF thugmaster Meles Zenawi in the mid-2000s. “Terrorism” in the Horn of Africa was both Meles’ get-out-of-jail-card for his crimes against humanity and a welfare card to get maximum handouts from the United States. Continue reading Ethiopia: TPLF Use of “Anti-Terrorism Law” to Terrorize Citizens

U.S. Express Concern Over Ethiopia’s Flagrant Violation of Press Freedom

CONCERNED. The Ethiopian government has escalated its repression of the independent media by muzzling independent voices through trumped-up criminal charges and harassment ahead of the May 2015 National election.

By The State Department,

THE United States is concerned by the Ethiopian Federal High Court’s January 28, 2015, decision to proceed with the trial of six bloggers and three independent journalists on charges under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. The decision undermines a free and open media environment—critical elements for credible and democratic elections, which Ethiopia will hold in May 2015. Continue reading U.S. Express Concern Over Ethiopia’s Flagrant Violation of Press Freedom