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"Too Scared to Post: Freedom of Expression Under Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Legislation"

International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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The International Forum for Democratic Studies
at the National Endowment for Democracy

 

cordially invites you to a presentation entitled

 

“Too Scared to Post:

Freedom of Expression Under Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Legislation”

 

featuring

 

Simegnish (Lily) Y. Mengesha

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow

 

with comments by

 

Yohanan Assefa

National Endowment for Democracy

 

moderated by

 

Sally Blair

International Forum for Democratic Studies

 

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
3:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.


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Telephone: 202-378-9675


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The September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States spurred the passage of anti-terrorism legislation worldwide, a development that has engendered widespread debate about the dangers such legislation can pose to civil liberties. Ethiopia is no exception: In 2009, after domestic and international threats to Ethiopia’s national security, its parliament passed a far-reaching anti-terrorism bill whose controversially broad parameters have been used to clamp down on freedom of expression and political dissent. Despite an international outcry, the Ethiopian government continues to employ the sweeping anti-terror law to crack down on journalists critical of the regime. At least fifteen reporters and bloggers have been charged and sentenced to prison terms since the law took effect, while more than thirty others have been driven out of the country. In her presentation, Simegnish Mengesha will analyze the origins of the anti-terrorism law and its harsh effects on Ethiopian media, focusing on new media and highlighting cases of journalists directly affected by the law. She will offer recommendations for creating a more open media environment in Ethiopia. Her presentation will be followed by comments from Yohanan Assefa.

Ms. Simegnish Mengesha is a seasoned journalist, media consultant, and translator who has served most recently as director of the Ethiopian Environment Journalists Association. An outspoken advocate for freedom of expression, she has worked extensively with foreign news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, and the BBC, partnering with the international media to highlight stories the Ethiopian government would rather leave uncovered. In 2005, she began working with the Sub-Saharan Informer and covered the political unrest following Ethiopia’s national elections that year. In 2012, she assisted U.S. photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair and the United Nations Population Fund in producing the award-winning documentary “Too Young to Wed.” On Press Freedom Day 2015, Ms. Mengesha conducted an interview and press conference with President Barack Obama at which she highlighted the plight of Ethiopian journalism. Yohanan Assefa is program officer for East and Horn of Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy.

 

 

 

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