‘Zone 9’ Ethiopian Bloggers Charged With Terrorism

The arrest and subsequent charges of terrorism being faced by ten Ethiopian bloggers have been met with a collective outcry around the global blogosphere. Known as the “Zone 9” bloggers, this social media group is referring to an invisible wall outside of the Kality Prison in Addis Ababa, called Zone 8, the bloggers are accused by the Ethiopian High Court of being part of a terrorist organization, citing a broadly-based 2009 law enacted by the country. This law proclaims that terrorism would include enumerated acts intended to coerce or intimidate the government, or intending to influence the government. Human Rights Watch says this would punish political speech and peaceful protest. Under this broad-based law, these bloggers are facing stiff sentences usually reserved for opposition politicians and journalists.

Brett Kimberlin Evades Discovery; Sanctioned by Maryland Court

As many of you know, two bloggers, W.J.J. Hoge of Hogewash.com, Aaron Walker of Allergic to Bull, a journalist–Robert Stacy McCain (who also blogs at TheOtherMcCain.com), and myself are being sued by litigious litigant, Brett Kimberlin. He’s suing us in a Maryland state court in a case dubbed, “Bomber Sues Bloggers.” This case was brought in September of 2013 because we dared to tweet about his notorious crimes and shared with the public that his wife, who separated from him in late 2012, was accusing him of some very, very serious crimes.

Russia Cracks Down on Internet Freedom; Blogger Registry Created

This Friday, Russian citizens will be subjected to a new set of internet regulations known as the “blogger law.” The new regulations requires anyone with more than 3,000 daily readers to register  with the government, and adhere to the same laws as mass media.

Russia has some of the strictest laws when it comes to freedom of speech, and these regulations will only make it harder for Russian citizens to speak out. In a recent study by the Press Freedom Index, Russia ranks 148 out of 179 when it comes to media freedom and has already shut down over 2,ooo websites.

BBC Asks: ‘Do Bloggers Wield Too Much Power?’ Bloggers, Oh My!

With questions posed from BBC’s Kevin Rawlinson like “Can a lone blogger bring down a business? … In the online age, do bloggers wield too much power? … Or does the internet’s promise of freedom of speech trump businesses’ need for a way to prevent their profits being hit?” in an article published today, you would think bloggers have disrupted all normal forms of economic commerce.

Rawlinson continues the post-apocalyptic #FirstWorldProblem, “It would be a nightmare for any small business: one unhappy customer takes offence and their blog keeps popping up every time a potential purchaser searches for the store’s name.”