Tag: Africa

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…