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Ethiopia and the United States: Can the Crisis be Prevented? – Dawit W Giorgis

The simmering crisis in Ethiopia has reached a boiling point. It is extremely  serious and every person who has watched Ethiopia closely knows that. It is not simply about repression and extrajudicial killings, stifling of freedom of expression, but most of all it is about ethnic politics; a minority government, representing in theory  6% of [...]

Is Ethiopia’s Digital War Worth it?

Note from the Editor: It is to be recalled that Ethiopia was 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 with the apparent objective is to prevent [...]

Conversations in Ideas – Ethiopia’s Federal Multinational Design

An interesting, insightful and scholarly conversation between Anania, Zecharias and Gedion about Ethiopia’s Federal Structure and other related questions such as: To what extent is the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) supported by the People of Tigray? Did the People of Tigray economically benefit much more than other Ethiopians in the last 25 years ? [...]

On Devaluation : How to remain poor By Kebour Ghenna

By Kebour Ghenna October 16,2017 I want to write one or two words about the surprise devaluation of the Birr. But first… Last week a dear reader from the government information office wrote to tell me how wrong I was to argue, that the Ethiopian ethnic based federal system has failed. Let me just say [...]

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, [...]


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The then-TPLF-dominated regime in Ethiopia was the first in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet .

Since May 2006, the 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.

On 22nd June 2018, the new Prime Minister Dr Abye Ahmed's government reported that it had unblocked 264 websites including CyberEthiopia.com after 12 years of blockage as attested by the OONI’s thorough verifications of our website’s unblocking .




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