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Ethiopia: Asking Ethiopians to Trade Liberty for Security Is a False Choice

OPINION It has been a month of complete shutdown of mobile Internet, data and social media access in Ethiopia. While in the past it has been common practice by the government to block certain websites deemed as enemy of the state, this month’s blanket shutdown of Internet services affecting every cell subscriber is unprecedented. The [...]

Open Letter to Government of Ethiopia

November 4, 2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs P.O. Box 393 Addis Ababa Ethiopia Re: Human Rights Watch Reporting on Ethiopia Dear Minister, Human Rights Watch notes the October 22, 2016 blog post of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, then minister of foreign affairs, on the Ministry’s website about our recent presentation to the European Parliament’s subcommittee on [...]

Analysis – Why Ethiopia’s freewheeling regime does need a state of emergency?

On October 08, 2016 Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency in which more than half of the constitutionally guaranteed rights were more or less suspended. Ethiopia’s declaration of a State of Emergency (SoE) may shock some in the west. Because, the Ethiopia many portrayed is ‘the oasis of tranquility’, ‘the island of stability’ and ‘Arica’s chief peace exporter’. That was what the [...]

Reeyot Alemu receives her 2012 courage in journalism award

Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu received her 2012 courage in journalism award at a ceremony in New York on Wednesday. Every year, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) recognizes journalists for their extraordinary bravery, strength of character and pioneering spirit. Reeyot was not able to receive her award in 2012 as she was imprisoned by the [...]

Vision Ethiopia’s Third Conference Communique “Transition and Constitution Making in Post-Conflict Ethiopia”

Vision Ethiopia (ረዕይ ለኢትዮጵያ) Email: Background Vision Ethiopia, an independent and nonpartisan network of Ethiopian academics and professionals, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT), organized a two-day conference entitled “Roadmap for Transition and Constitution Making in Post-Conflict Ethiopia”, on October 22 and 23, 2016. The Conference was convened at [...]

The point of no return in Ethiopia

by Beza Tesfaye | AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Hundreds of Ethiopians have been killed by their government this year. Hundreds. You might not have known because casualty numbers have been played down; “evil forces” and accidents are blamed rather than the soldiers that fired the bullets; we are even deprived of the ability to fully grasp the [...]

ፉክክር፣ ብሔረተኛነትና ትብብር በለውጡ ዋዜማ (ዩሱፍ ያሲን)

በኢትዮጵያ ያለው ሁኔታ ቀጣይነት ሊኖረው የሚችል ሁኔታ አይደለም (Unsustainable) ሲባል ሰንበትበት ብሏል። አንድ ሓሙስ ቀረው እየተባለ መነገር የጀመረው ግን ከቅርብ ጊዜ ወዲህ ነው። የሥርዓቱ እድሜ ካንድ ሓሙስ ይልቅ ከላይ ወደ ዜሮ በሚደረግ የኋሊት መቁጠር የሚዳዳቸው ታዛቢዎቹም አሉ። በፈረንጅኛው Count Down የሚሉት ስሌት መሆኑ ነው። እንደ ተለመደው ኢትዮጵያ ታሪካዊ መጋጠሚያ ላይ ቆማለች፣ በመንታ መንገድ ላይ ናት [...]

Ethiopia: Access Now urges companies not to sell technology used in suppressing human rights

A recent joint report by the Open Observatory for Network Interference and the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law has concluded that there is sufficient evidence of recent internet shutdowns in Ethiopia, which pose restrictions on demonstrations and human rights generally. Consequently, Access Now has urged technology companies not to sell software used [...]

Ethiopia’s State of Emergency: Authorizing Oppression

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by Elizabeth Fraser and Anuradha Mittal The government of Ethiopia has responded to a groundswell of protests, which are calling for democracy and human rights for all, by imposing a six-month long state of emergency, effective October 8. The list of measures curtailing freedoms through the emergency are far-reaching. They include bans on: social [...]

1,600 detained under state of emergency in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian authorities have detained 1,600 people as they try to boost security under the state of emergency, a government minister has told the BBC. A statement, quoted by state-affiliated FBC website, lists arrests in the Oromia and Amhara regions, which have recently seen massive demonstrations. This is in addition to Monday’s arrests of 1,000 [...]

Warka ዋርካ
the Pioneering Ethiopian Discussion
Forum in Amharic

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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