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Journalist Temesgen Desalegne released from prison

Journalist Temesgen Desalegne is released from prison after completing his prison terms. Prison authorities failed to honor his release date for days before they finally let him go this morning. His brother and his friends went all the way to Ziway, a town south of Addis Ababa, to greet him as he leaves the notorious [...]

The Long Arm of the autocratic rulers of Ethiopia Reaches for Those Who Fled

By Felix Horne (Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa) “Wako” fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People’s Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government. In Kenya, he hoped to be safe. But six [...]

How the NSA Built a Secret Surveillance Network for Ethiopia

by Nick Turse September 13 2017, 9:46 p.m. “A WARM FRIENDSHIP connects the Ethiopian and American people,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced earlier this year. “We remain committed to working with Ethiopia to foster liberty, democracy, economic growth, protection of human rights, and the rule of law.” Indeed, the website for the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia [...]

Journalists under duress: Internet shutdowns in Africa (including in Ethiopia) are stifling press freedom

“The internet for journalism is now like the air you breathe,” said Befeqadu Hailu, an Ethiopian journalist and a member of the Zone 9 blogger collective who was arrested in April 2014 and charged with terrorism. “Without the internet, modern journalism means nothing.” Yet, the internet is something that journalists in multiple African countries are often forced [...]

David Steinman on similarities of the regime in Ethiopia and the Apartheid in South Africa

In an exclusive interview with ESAT, David Steinman, a Wharton-educated economist and expert in civil resistance asserts that the regime in Ethiopia is replicating policies of the defunct Apartheid regime in South Africa. He says the rise of a highly discriminatory minority regime of the TPLF in Ethiopia was not a coincidence but a deliberate [...]

Co-Defendants say Ayele Beyene Dies of ‘ Torture and Neglect’ in prison, express fear of similar faith

Mahlet Fasil  Addis Abeba, July 26/2017 – The body of Ayele Beyene, who died while in police custody at Qilinto prison, a maximum prison facility on the southern outskirt of Addis Abeba, was buried yesterday in his home town in Gidami, east Wallaga zone of western Ethiopia. Before he was detained in September 2016, Ayele, 29, [...]

Human Rights Council (of Ethiopia) releases the Executive Summary of the 142nd Special Report

In anticipation of the translation of the 142nd Special Report from Amharic to English, HRCO releases the Executive Summary of the report. The Special Report shows the findings of the investigations regarding human rights violations committed after the issuance of the State of Emergency Declaration. In the report, HRCO calls on the Government to stop commission of human [...]

Human Rights Council Ethiopia releases report on rights abuses committed under current State of Emergency

The report included details of extrajudicial killings, torture, and imprisonment committed in three regional states and the capital Addis Abeba Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba, June 09/2017 – Human Rights Council (HRCO) Ethiopia, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, has released 49 pages of report detailing widespread human right abuses committed by the security under the current State [...]

Beating Ethiopia’s internet outage – Diplomacy, cash and technology

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban with ADDIS STANDARD Ethiopian authorities recently blocked internet access across the country. The move was to preserve the integrity of nationwide examinations that started last week (May 31) and is expected to end on Friday June 8. More often than not when internet cuts are imposed, people are advised to switch to [...]

Indexing Ethiopia

Posted in Al Mariam’s Commentaries By almariam On June 4, 2017 Author’s Note: Last week, Vision of Humanity issued its 2017 Global Peace Index (GPI).  Its report on Ethiopia is certainly the most distressing though unequivocal, straightforward and clear-cut. The state of peace worsened in Ethiopia more than any other country in sub-Saharan Africa, and arguably the rest of the world. [...]


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Ethiopia is the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet .

Since May 2006, the then top five most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective was to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.

Following the political protests which have swept the nation since November 2015, the regime has routinely shutdown the Internet and restricted access to Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber) and indicated its keenness to control Social Media.




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