Tag: Africa

Algerian Blogger Is Facing 25 Years in Prison for Interviewing an Israeli Official

Merzoug Touati, an Algerian blogger, has been held behind bars in El Khemis prison since January 18, 2017, for conducting a video interview with a spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The interview was posted on Youtube on January 9 and shared on his blog Alhogra. The local police has reportedly confiscated the blogger’s computer and camera. Touati is facing charges under the suspicion…

Algerian Blogger Jailed Over Facebook Poem; Dies After 3 Months of Hunger Strike

Mohamed Tamalt, a 42-year-old British-Algerian blogger and journalist, died in Bab el-Oued hospital after 3 months of a hunger strike in protest against his imprisonment. Tamalt was sentenced to 2 years in prison over sharing a video on Facebook featuring a poem, allegedly offensive towards the Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Tamalt’s lawyer, Amine Sidhoum, confirmed his death on a Facebook post: “I can confirm the…

Ethiopia: Zone 9 Blogger Befeqadu Hailu Arrested Citing ‘State of Emergency’

Befeqadu Hailu Techanie (Amharic: በፍቃዱ ኃይሉ), a 36-year-old blogger and a member of the persecuted Zone 9 collective, was arrested by Ethiopian authorities on November 10, following a 6 month state of emergency declared by the government. No official reason was provided by authorities to the blogger’s arrest. However, according to some reports, his criticism of the emergency state on an interview for Voice of…

Kenya: Blogger Arrested Second Time Over Facebook Posts

Vincent Osumo, a prominent Kenyan blogger known as General Osumo, was arrested for the second time over Facebook posts alleged to be ‘illegal publication‘. Osumo was arrested in May earlier this year under unclear circumstances, which stirred a public outcry on social media. The blogger was released the following day, but arrested again in July over critical comments that he published against MP Moses…

Algerian Blogger Sentenced to 2 Years For Insulting President on Facebook

Mohamed Tamalt, a 42-year-old British-Algerian blogger and journalist, was sentenced to two years imprisonment and 200,000 dinars ($1,800) fine over allegedly insulting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and other Algerian officials on his Facebook account. Tamalt, who lives in London and writes for the Essiak El Aarabi online newspaper, was arrested in June 27 during a personal visit to Algeria. He has been detained in El Harrach prison in…

Mauritanian Blogger’s Death Sentence Upheld

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, a 29 year-old Mauritanian blogger, was sentenced to death in December 2014 on the charge of apostasy after he wrote an article about the Prophet Mohamed and his use of the caste system. His sentence marked the first such charge to carry a death sentence since Muslim-majority Mauritania’s independence from France in 1960. An appeal court has…

“Zone 9” Ethiopian Bloggers Still Behind Bars for Criticising Government

A verdict is soon expected for the remaining jailed members of Zone 9 bloggers, a group of Ethiopian bloggers and journalists, who were put behind bars in a case that has widely been seen as a government crackdown on freedom of expression. In April 2014, nine men and women – made up of three journalists, a human rights lawyer and those…