Zone 9 bloggers
ADDIS ABABA: Prosecutors in Ethiopia yesterday dropped charges against two bloggers critical of the government, and announced they would abandon the prosecution of a third amid a wave of prisoner releases. The move ends the case of the bloggers from the Zone 9 website whose arrest four years ago was condemned as an attack on press freedom. “The judge says they have dropped charges,” Zone 9 blogger Atnafu Berhane said. Prosecutors withdrew accusations against bloggers Befekadu Haile and Natnael Feleke of inciting violence, Atnafu said. He added that his own charge, also of inciting violence, wasn’t dropped because of a courtroom error, but that he expects it to be withdrawn tomorrow. “For us, it’s good news, for our friends, our family,” Atnafu said.