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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 [...]

Internet as Utility, not Luxury

Kiya Tsegaye, Addis Standard’s Legal Affairs Advisor & Contributor Addis Abeba, June 04/2017 – For the third time in less than one year, authorities in Ethiopia have imposed a blanket blackout of access to internet for ordinary Ethiopians. The blackout is total for ordinary citizens because for the last six days, a few people, especially those who are [...]

Blocked again – Ethiopia shut down the country’s internet to beat exam cheats

Ethiopia shut down the internet on Tuesday (May 30) ahead of a scheduled national examination that was due to take place in the country on Wednesday. Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around 7 pm on Tuesday—reportedly to prevent exam leaks. About 1.2 million students are taking the grade 10 national exams, [...]

In-Depth Analysis: Qoshe Garbage Dump Collapse: a trail of Corruption, Criminal Negligence and Countless Victims

Originally published by Mahlet Fasil on Addis Standard Addis Abeba, March 17, 2017 – For the second time in less than six months, the Ethiopian ruling party EPRDF-dominated parliament has declared a three-day nationwide mourning. This time it is for the victims of a devastating collapse of a mountain of solid waste located 13 km southwest [...]

Ethiopia: Ethnic nationalism and the Gondar protests

An analysis on what the rising ethnic nationalism among the historically powerful Amhara means for the country’s future. Amba Giorgis, Ethiopia - Etenesh* sits alone on a worn cow skin in her mud-walled home in Amba Giorgis, a small Ethiopian market town in the northerly Amhara region. Her husband, a merchant, was arrested early in November, [...]


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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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