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Ethiopia – Only country in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political Internet filtering

Written by CyberEthiopia Friday, 21 August 2009 In a report on Internet filtering in sub-Saharan Africa, the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), a collaborative partnership of four leading academic institutions, reveals that Ethiopia is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political Internet filtering. “ONI unearthed evidence of systematic blocking of Internet content in only one [...]


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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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