UPDATE: Kality Twitter Chat Roundup

Tweet chats happen when a group of people all tweet about the same topic using a specific hashtag (#). #Kality tweet chat took place on Thursday, December 19th at 11 am ET in New York and Washington, DC.

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Friday, December 20th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) — On Thursday, December 19th, one of the most popular trending conversations on Twitter was taking place under the hashtag #Kality. The Tweet chat, hosted by the International Women’s Media Foundation (@IWMF) and the Media Legal Defense Initiative (@MLDI), was intended to bring exposure to the declining state of press freedom in Ethiopia and the status of independent journalists languishing at the infamous Kality prison. According to hashtracking.com, #kality was used over 1500 times within a 14 hour period and may have been seen by as many as 6 million Twitter users.

Below are some of the tweets:

International Women’s Media Foundation

Christiane Amanpour, IWMF Board of Directors

Ethiopian journalists Reeyot Alemu and Eskinder Nega have been locked up in Ethiopia’s Kality prison since 2011 – simply for being journalists trying to hold their government accountable for its actions. Although they have been honored with numerous prestigious journalism awards, the Ethiopian authorities continue to insist that Reeyot Alemu and Eskinder Nega are terrorists. There is no doubt that their arrests and convictions were politically motivated and that their rights as journalists, who are constitutionally protected by freedom of the press, have been violated.

Last year, we had the honor of hosting the 2012 Courage in Journalism Award for the International Women’s Media Foundation. It was a moving, even glittering event. But there was one striking absence. Journalist Reeyot Alemu could not come to New York to receive her award because she is languishing in an Ethiopian prison.

Read more at IWMF.
CPJ: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Egypt Among Worst Journalist Jailers (VOA News)
“Write for Rights” Campaign Launched for Journalist Eskinder Nega (Video)
International Rights Group Appeals for Release of Reporter Jailed for 18 Years (AP)
Ethiopia: A Lifeline to the World — Wire Interview With Birtukan Mideksa
Taking Eskinder Nega & Reeyot Alemu’s Case to African Court on Human Rights (TADIAS)
CPJ Special Report on the Obama Administration’s War on the Press (CPJ)

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