Nigerians in Space

ephemera from Deji Olukotun, author of the novel from Unnamed Press

Save The Internet | The Internet Saves: #PDF14

staff:

Remember when we announced the Tumblr Fellowship program for the 2014 Personal Democracy Forum? Well, we found 10 social-digital-actual geniuses to be a part of it, and they’re in New York right now to hobnob and debate with other bright minds at the intersection of society and the internet. 

Congrats to Luis DanielKeya DannenbaumErin MazurskyMat MorganDeji OlukotunDave SeligerBen ValentineTracy ViselliSerena Wales, and Patricia Zablah

This year’s theme: Save the Internet | The Internet Saves.  Find out what in the world this means and follow their adventures via the tag #PDF14.

Our action at the PEN World Voices Festival to support the Ethiopian bloggers.
penamerican:

AFRICAN WRITERS CALL FOR RELEASE OF ZONE 9 BLOGGERS IN ETHIOPIA
Statement presented at the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York
Exactly one week ago today, six bloggers and three journalists were arrested in Ethiopia. They call themselves Zone 9. The name was derived from the section of Kality Prison where journalists are held, which is called Zone 8. According to the bloggers, Zone 9 represents the invisible prison that surrounds all the citizens of Ethiopia, who may be arrested at any time for exercising their right to free expression. Ethiopia operates one of the most sophisticated internet monitoring and filtering systems in the world, and these arrests are the latest example of impunity in the country. Journalists Eskinder Nega and Reeyot Alemu continue to suffer in prison for their free expression on lengthy sentences. The motto of the Zone 9 bloggers is simple: “We Blog Because We Care”. They blogged in the face of government harassment, threats, surveillance and intimidation, and they filled the silence created by the government’s ongoing crackdowns on free speech and dissent. Today, we say that we write because we care. Journalism, writing, and blogging are not crimes. We call upon the government of Ethiopia to release all 17 journalists and bloggers imprisoned in the country.  And we also urge President Obama and the U.S. Government to support human rights and free expression in Ethiopia.
From Left: Deji Bryce Olukotun, Gado, Chinelo Okparanta, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Tope Folarin
Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan / PEN American Center

Our action at the PEN World Voices Festival to support the Ethiopian bloggers.

penamerican:

AFRICAN WRITERS CALL FOR RELEASE OF ZONE 9 BLOGGERS IN ETHIOPIA

Statement presented at the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York

Exactly one week ago today, six bloggers and three journalists were arrested in Ethiopia. They call themselves Zone 9. The name was derived from the section of Kality Prison where journalists are held, which is called Zone 8. According to the bloggers, Zone 9 represents the invisible prison that surrounds all the citizens of Ethiopia, who may be arrested at any time for exercising their right to free expression. Ethiopia operates one of the most sophisticated internet monitoring and filtering systems in the world, and these arrests are the latest example of impunity in the country. Journalists Eskinder Nega and Reeyot Alemu continue to suffer in prison for their free expression on lengthy sentences.

The motto of the Zone 9 bloggers is simple: “We Blog Because We Care”. They blogged in the face of government harassment, threats, surveillance and intimidation, and they filled the silence created by the government’s ongoing crackdowns on free speech and dissent.

Today, we say that we write because we care. Journalism, writing, and blogging are not crimes. We call upon the government of Ethiopia to release all 17 journalists and bloggers imprisoned in the country.  And we also urge President Obama and the U.S. Government to support human rights and free expression in Ethiopia.

From Left: Deji Bryce Olukotun, Gado, Chinelo Okparanta, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Tope Folarin

Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan / PEN American Center