BLOG ACTION DAY #BAD15: #RaiseYourVoice Against Online Injustices
Late last year, I went to Ethiopia. I had a wonderful stay and learned about the Ethiopian food and coffee culture and made lovely friends. Ethiopia left me with memories for life. But I also knew, going there, that bloggers who had criticised the government had been thrown in jail.
The nine bloggers and journalists were members of Zone9, an organization that I imagine have similarities to the organization I started in Ghana with a friend, BloggingGhana. Read more about their case on the Advox site Global Voices set up for the campaign to #FreeZone9Bloggers. Despite only being in the country for a few days, the knowledge of that I was in a country where they jailed bloggers for criticising the government had an eerie and immediate impact on me.
- Post a photo on a social network showing something that maybe has no representation online, it could be a street, a practise, or a portrait and a brief interview with someone.
- Show someone who do not have access to Internet what it is all about. Use your or their phone, or go into an Internet cafe.
- Craft a Facebook-update to challenge oppressive views.
- Spread the word on Alliance for Affordable Internet and their data.
- Join Global Voices as a Volunteer Writer, Translator, or Partner.
- Write a blog post where you #RaiseYourVoice to fill the void when another blogger has been silenced by fear or lack of access.
This post is part of the Blog Action Day 2015, with the theme #RaiseYourVoice.