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Ethiopia faces social media blackout after new ethnic unrest

By  The Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia faces a social media blackout as clashes intensify between ethnic groups in various parts of the country. Facebook and Twitter are down Tuesday after reports emerged of killings on Monday by security forces in the Oromia region. Oromia regional spokesman Addisu Arega said the violence in [...]

እያንዣበበ ያለው አደጋና ማድረግ ያለብን (ባይሳ ዋቅ-ወያ)

ለውይይት መነሻ “ከየት እንደምጀምር ግራ ገባኝ እንጂ ማድረግ ያለብኝን ጠንቅቄ አውቃለሁ፣” አለች ቢምቢዋ ባህር ዳር ራቁታቸውን ፀሃይ ለመሞቅ የተኮለኮሉትን የነጭ ቱሪስቶች ዕርቃነ ሥጋ እየቃኘች። መግቢያ በቅርቡ “ድርድር ከወያኔ ጋር” የሚል ጽሁፍ ባንዳንድ ድህረ ገጾች አሳትሜ ነበር። በጽሁፎቹ ይዘት የረኩ በርካታ ግለሰቦች በተለያየ መንገድ ሃሳባቸውን አካፍለውኛል። ብዙዎቹ “የመደራደርን” መሰረተ ሃሳብ ትክክለኛነት ባይክዱም፣ የወያኔ ባህርይ ግን ለየት [...]

Ethiopia – Dissidents Targeted with new commercial spyware

By Bill Marczak, Geoffrey Alexander, Sarah McKune, John Scott-Railton, and Ron Deibert originally published by CitizenLab December 5, 2017 Key Findings This report describes how Ethiopian dissidents in the US, UK, and other countries were targeted with emails containing sophisticated commercial spyware posing as Adobe Flash updates and PDF plugins. Targets include a US-based Ethiopian diaspora media outlet, the Oromia Media [...]

Ethiopia among the 3 worst abusers of Internet Freedom

For the third consecutive year, China was the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom, followed by Syria and Ethiopia. The country, ruled since 1991 by the authoritarian Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has long been a darling of democratic donors, who portray it as a haven of economic progress and stability in an insecure [...]

World Health Organization Board: I told you Tedros Adhanom is an Empty Suit…!

Originally posted on Al Mariam’s Blog Last week, Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization, nominated Robert Mugabe, the 93 year-old president of Zimbabwe as that organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Noncommunciable Diseases, a position currently held by former N.Y. City mayor Michael Bloomberg. WHO ambassadorships are often given to “well-known personalities from the worlds of arts, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


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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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